Tekken 8 reveal trailer is ‘tekken’ things to the next level

We all kind of knew it was coming. The signs were there during Evo 2022, but we didn’t want things to be ‘tekken’ out of context. That smirking Kazuya tease… it had to mean something. Well, now we know that it meant exactly what we thought it did. Tekken 8 is coming and Bandai Namco hasn’t been wasting any time showing us what’s to be expected.

Since I know that most of you are busy people with things to do, I won’t waste any time either. Take a look at the Tekken 8 reveal trailer, which gives us a glimpse of Tekken 8’s gameplay.

Would you just look at all those particles and shit! And those details, goddamn… As a 39-year-old gamer, I can still recall Kazuya and Jin being comprised of five polygons, thinking they looked super realistic. But this… these are some next-level visuals, man. I’m almost inclined to think that this isn’t true gameplay footage at all. But hey, Tekken 8’s game director Katsuhiro Harada promises that we’re looking at real-time rendered footage, so I guess it’s genuine. Even if the trailer also claims that everything is subject to change.

“This trailer was actually taken directly from a certain part in the current work-in-progress Tekken 8’s story mode, played on PlayStation 5. In other words, all the character models, backgrounds, and effects are the same ones that are used in-game. Although this was captured from the story mode, it is not a pre-rendered movie made for the trailer but rather real-time rendered footage, running at 60 frames per second, similar to how you would experience the game in versus battle modes. (Of course, some of the effects, dialogue as well as the camera angle is currently being updated and may change when the game launches)

Okay, okay. I guess we’ll have to wait until Tekken 8 launches before we can determine if Harada’s words hold up. Unfortunately, that might take a while since Tekken 8 is still in the middle of development.

Please, don’t pull a WatchDogs on me, Harada-san…