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Tekken 8 – With veins bulging and biceps glistening in the rain

Tekken we 8 was revealed during Sony’s State of Play stream on Tuesday. The first trailer, embedded above, arrives over seven years after the arcade release of Tekken 7 which has sold over 9m copies since it’s release in 2015. 

The existence of Tekken 8 was teased last month at fighting game tournament EVO, and it’s also one of the titles that appeared on a list of games that leaked from an Nvidia database last year. Nvidia said at the time that the list was “only for internal tracking and testing,” but many titles on the list have turned out to be real projects.

The Tekken 8 trailer is ripe with muscles, but not with details about the fighting game. We know it’ll release on PlayStation 5, and a PC release feels very likely, given that Tekken 7 is on PC and that it was on the Nvidia leaked list. The fine print in the trailer at least confirms that we’re seeing real-time footage running on a PS5, not a pre-rendered scene and it looks seriously detailed.

all the character models, backgrounds, and effects are the same ones that are used in-game
Tekken 8 director Katsuhiro Harada

One interesting claim he makes is that “the Tekken series holds the record of being the longest-running story in a videogame.” Sure enough, it turns out that in 2017, Guinness certified the Tekken series as the “longest-running videogame storyline without any substantial development gaps or reboots.”

You don’t want to lose a Guinness World Record after you have one, so Tekken 8 will keep the story going, focusing on “the father and son showdown between Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama,” according to Harada.

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