Bandai Namco Set to Unveil Tekken 8 Demo for Eager Fans
- 12 Dec, 2023
Bandai Namco has excitedly revealed its intention to launch a demo version of the much-anticipated Tekken 8 in the upcoming days. Enthusiasts of the storied fighting game series will have the opportunity to try out the latest installment, with the demo arriving first on PlayStation 5 on December 14, followed by its release on Xbox Series X/S and PC via Steam on December 21.
This early peek into Tekken 8 will showcase the initial segment of the narrative, “The Dark Awakens,” alongside a mode for local versus play. The narrative continues the poignant tale of the entangled destinies of the Mishima and Kazama families, focusing particularly on the explosive rivalry between Jin Kazama and his father, Kazuya Mishima. This feud has far-reaching consequences, leading to conflict and chaos on a global scale.
Bandai Namco has detailed that in addition to the central storyline, which seamlessly transitions from cinematic scenes to intense combat, there will also be discrete episodes that delve into the backstories of individual characters.
Adding to the gameplay experience, Tekken 8 will introduce an Arcade Quest mode, which immerses players in a journey where they create a personalized avatar and traverse various digital arcades. The goal is to engage in fights and climb the ranks to stand as the unrivaled champion.
Reflecting on the origins of such fighting games, Kohei Ikeda, the game director, shared his thoughts with the PlayStation Blog. He reminisced about the golden days of arcade gaming, a scene that has largely vanished in recent years, both in Western countries and in Japan. Ikeda fondly recollected the community and camaraderie that flourished in the arcades – places where friends would gather, new acquaintances were made, and shared passion fueled an environment ripe for learning and enjoyment. Through Tekken 8's new mode, both seasoned players can rekindle their fond memories, and the new generation can experience a taste of this cherished gaming culture.
Gamers can circle their calendars as Tekken 8 is slated for a grand release on January 26, 2024.