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Yes, that does fit quite well. The running by the Tekken Force dude towards the end of the corridor was great. XD
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Yes, that does fit quite well. The running by the Tekken Force dude towards the end of the corridor was great. XD
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Tekken 8 Announced
Get ready for the next battle on the next generation! After being teased back at EVO 2022, the next instalment of Tekken has been officially announced during today's PlayStation State of Play showcase, and is currently in development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows.



Katsuhiro Harada shared that this trailer was "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." You can read his full thoughts on the trailer in this PlayStation Blog post.
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Tekken 8 Announced
Get ready for the next battle on the next generation! After being teased back at EVO 2022, the next instalment of Tekken has been officially announced during today's PlayStation State of Play showcase, and is currently in development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows.



Katsuhiro Harada shared that this trailer was "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." You can read his full thoughts on the trailer in this PlayStation Blog post.
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Darn it, I thought this was coming a bit later as an announcement not here, and I missed it live. This so should've been shown at EVO instead where there'd be an audience to lose their shit, but perhaps they just needed to tweak this some more, and it's why we get it now. Pretty awesome trailer and seeing the in-game models that will be used for the actual gameplay. Probably due to hype, but yep I have to get T8. XD
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Darn it, I thought this was coming a bit later as an announcement not here, and I missed it live. This so should've been shown at EVO instead where there'd be an audience to lose their shit, but perhaps they just needed to tweak this some more, and it's why we get it now. Pretty awesome trailer and seeing the in-game models that will be used for the actual gameplay. Probably due to hype, but yep I have to get T8. XD
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Yeah, I'm surprised EVO didn't really get anything except that shot of Kazuya. Either the footage wasn't ready then or Harada was always intending to have the game presented at TGS and wanted the announcement to happen closer to that event so it remains fresh in peoples minds to check TGS for more info. If this announcement had been back at EVO I feel like a lot of people would've overlooked TGS to keep an eye out for new info.

I wonder if Jun is going to finally come back in this game or not. If it isn't now, then she isn't ever going to come back canonically. Also despite him dying in T7, Heihachi will probably be back in one of two ways:
  1. Appears in a flashback so that he can be on the roster like Kazumi was in T7.
  2. Is integrated with the next JACK as Jack-8, as I read a comment elsewhere (that I now can't locate) that 8 in Japanese is Hachi, so Jack-8 would translate as Jack-Hachi. Apparently a robot Heihachi exists in some Tekken pachi-slot game: https://i.imgur.com/Cm72QHX.jpg

Other than that, holy shit I didn't realize just how much of a glow up T8 will be until I just saw this comparison image:

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It makes T7 look like what my mind thinks PS3 Tekken games look like (and I'm now scared to see how they actually look these days XD). Shock
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Yeah, I'm surprised EVO didn't really get anything except that shot of Kazuya. Either the footage wasn't ready then or Harada was always intending to have the game presented at TGS and wanted the announcement to happen closer to that event so it remains fresh in peoples minds to check TGS for more info. If this announcement had been back at EVO I feel like a lot of people would've overlooked TGS to keep an eye out for new info.

I wonder if Jun is going to finally come back in this game or not. If it isn't now, then she isn't ever going to come back canonically. Also despite him dying in T7, Heihachi will probably be back in one of two ways:
  1. Appears in a flashback so that he can be on the roster like Kazumi was in T7.
  2. Is integrated with the next JACK as Jack-8, as I read a comment elsewhere (that I now can't locate) that 8 in Japanese is Hachi, so Jack-8 would translate as Jack-Hachi. Apparently a robot Heihachi exists in some Tekken pachi-slot game: https://i.imgur.com/Cm72QHX.jpg

Other than that, holy shit I didn't realize just how much of a glow up T8 will be until I just saw this comparison image:

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It makes T7 look like what my mind thinks PS3 Tekken games look like (and I'm now scared to see how they actually look these days XD). Shock
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Yeah it also might've been to let Street Fighter 6 announcements not get overshadowed, as they both want each other to do well and not be in too much of a competition with each other, but with this announcement, T8 already looks so much better. Oof that comparison. I still think TTT2 looks fine, and that T7 wasn't an improvement but just look OK. Now though, can definitely see the difference in Kazuya's character model, yeesh.

I doubt Heihachi will be removed, but do not want to see a Robo-Hachi. If so, at least still have Jack-8. Flashback or DLC is what I'm betting on, but less so for DLC. He should be in base roster, but a late reveal perhaps.

Jun I think has a good chance to return for T8, especially with the conflict being between Jin and Kazuya now.
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Yeah it also might've been to let Street Fighter 6 announcements not get overshadowed, as they both want each other to do well and not be in too much of a competition with each other, but with this announcement, T8 already looks so much better. Oof that comparison. I still think TTT2 looks fine, and that T7 wasn't an improvement but just look OK. Now though, can definitely see the difference in Kazuya's character model, yeesh.

I doubt Heihachi will be removed, but do not want to see a Robo-Hachi. If so, at least still have Jack-8. Flashback or DLC is what I'm betting on, but less so for DLC. He should be in base roster, but a late reveal perhaps.

Jun I think has a good chance to return for T8, especially with the conflict being between Jin and Kazuya now.
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I know T8 is using brand new models, and I'm trying to find out when the last time was that new models were used in this series. Kazuya in that T7 shot looks like a higher resolution version of his T4 model, so I'm wondering if the models have been the same since then with the level of detail on them just being bumped up as the games have moved to newer consoles. If not then I guess maybe the last time was T6 when the series moved to PS3, but I can't find anything that says new models were made for that game. I'd love to know, because regardless of which specific game the models last got redone, they held up well for how long they got used for but I'm glad they're being redone now.

My one concern with Heihachi is that his VA passed away after T7 (or at least after his lines were done for that game), so if he is in this games story mode I wonder how they'll handle his lines. As much as they could just get a new VA, I'd rather they don't do that as it felt fitting the character passed away in T7 after the passing of the VA and I wouldn't want that spoiled. If they just put him in as a regular playable character then they can just continue to use his existing lines since they won't need to be redone.

Do you think this game will end with all of the Mishima bloodline dead? I doubt Kazuya is going to be the sole fatality, and Jin's whole "we shouldn't exist" line gives strong vibes of ending the entire bloodline rather than just the problematic people in it. Then again, Jin killing himself and Kazuya won't necessarily mean the devil gene is gone, because Kazuya and his devil gene got brought back in T4 by using his remains so unless they plan to join Heihachi in the lava bath someone else would have to ensure their remains aren't taken by anyone.

Although, if Jin and Kazuya die here, I don't see how Tekken would continue since who would even host the next tournament and why? Ignoring the motives often thrown behind it by a Mishima, usually the Zaibatsu is on the line but I doubt it would exist anymore if the Mishima's are all dead, and nobody else really seems suited to hosting the tournament in the first place. XD
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I know T8 is using brand new models, and I'm trying to find out when the last time was that new models were used in this series. Kazuya in that T7 shot looks like a higher resolution version of his T4 model, so I'm wondering if the models have been the same since then with the level of detail on them just being bumped up as the games have moved to newer consoles. If not then I guess maybe the last time was T6 when the series moved to PS3, but I can't find anything that says new models were made for that game. I'd love to know, because regardless of which specific game the models last got redone, they held up well for how long they got used for but I'm glad they're being redone now.

My one concern with Heihachi is that his VA passed away after T7 (or at least after his lines were done for that game), so if he is in this games story mode I wonder how they'll handle his lines. As much as they could just get a new VA, I'd rather they don't do that as it felt fitting the character passed away in T7 after the passing of the VA and I wouldn't want that spoiled. If they just put him in as a regular playable character then they can just continue to use his existing lines since they won't need to be redone.

Do you think this game will end with all of the Mishima bloodline dead? I doubt Kazuya is going to be the sole fatality, and Jin's whole "we shouldn't exist" line gives strong vibes of ending the entire bloodline rather than just the problematic people in it. Then again, Jin killing himself and Kazuya won't necessarily mean the devil gene is gone, because Kazuya and his devil gene got brought back in T4 by using his remains so unless they plan to join Heihachi in the lava bath someone else would have to ensure their remains aren't taken by anyone.

Although, if Jin and Kazuya die here, I don't see how Tekken would continue since who would even host the next tournament and why? Ignoring the motives often thrown behind it by a Mishima, usually the Zaibatsu is on the line but I doubt it would exist anymore if the Mishima's are all dead, and nobody else really seems suited to hosting the tournament in the first place. XD
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I'm not sure about the models either. I'd imagine T6 was that last time too but could be wrong.

For Heihachi I'd prefer they'd stick to the last VA's lines, although those are only Tag 2 and T7, they're the most modern version of him. The flashback could be possibly go younger again, either the black haired version of Tag 2, but can't imagine them bringing in a new voice unless it's even younger than that. Hope not.

Either Kazuya or both, but T7 did bring in Kazumi who is part of the Hachijo Clan which apparently the Devil Gene comes from, so more of their clan could enter the fray, be a side distraction for both of them before they fight each other, or after, or after they die (T9?). OK don't want to think that too far ahead, but shoving Kazumi into T7 there had to be a backstory for her too. Or she was the last member and there's no one to think about, but yeah about Kazuya's body being found and him still having the Devil Gene, their bodies need to be removed completely in any hopes of getting rid of it.

Perhaps T8 will be the end for the story, but one last celebration of the Tekken franchise afterwards? OK, Tag 3 would be questionable after Tag 2 almost ending Tekken before the story was over. I also can't think of anyone who could continue it. Asuka is a relative but can't see her having interest in the tournament to host.
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I'm not sure about the models either. I'd imagine T6 was that last time too but could be wrong.

For Heihachi I'd prefer they'd stick to the last VA's lines, although those are only Tag 2 and T7, they're the most modern version of him. The flashback could be possibly go younger again, either the black haired version of Tag 2, but can't imagine them bringing in a new voice unless it's even younger than that. Hope not.

Either Kazuya or both, but T7 did bring in Kazumi who is part of the Hachijo Clan which apparently the Devil Gene comes from, so more of their clan could enter the fray, be a side distraction for both of them before they fight each other, or after, or after they die (T9?). OK don't want to think that too far ahead, but shoving Kazumi into T7 there had to be a backstory for her too. Or she was the last member and there's no one to think about, but yeah about Kazuya's body being found and him still having the Devil Gene, their bodies need to be removed completely in any hopes of getting rid of it.

Perhaps T8 will be the end for the story, but one last celebration of the Tekken franchise afterwards? OK, Tag 3 would be questionable after Tag 2 almost ending Tekken before the story was over. I also can't think of anyone who could continue it. Asuka is a relative but can't see her having interest in the tournament to host.
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I feel like having the Hachijo clan show up again would be rather bad, since I don't see what reason there would be to have waited until now that wasn't already done with Heihachi being pursued by Akuma on their behalf in T7. I forget if Akuma goes after Jin or Kazuya though.

I think Tekken really requires a villain to be running the tournament every time. It's never been run with good intentions, and there isn't really anyone outside the Mishima clan who would viably do that. It could be run just for the sake of what it is supposed to be, which is a fighting tournament for the best of the best, but I think the story telling would suffer without any ulterior motive going on which is always the canonical plot of the games until we know which side characters have their stories made canon, such as Paul in T3.

I wonder if they would opt to remake the earlier games to do the story better in those, since at the time the story telling was rather barebones and didn't really start being the focus until T4 with all the narration elements they added. It would at least be a way to make more Tekken if the story hits a dead end with T8, although the roster would be really small compared to what we have these days. XD
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I feel like having the Hachijo clan show up again would be rather bad, since I don't see what reason there would be to have waited until now that wasn't already done with Heihachi being pursued by Akuma on their behalf in T7. I forget if Akuma goes after Jin or Kazuya though.

I think Tekken really requires a villain to be running the tournament every time. It's never been run with good intentions, and there isn't really anyone outside the Mishima clan who would viably do that. It could be run just for the sake of what it is supposed to be, which is a fighting tournament for the best of the best, but I think the story telling would suffer without any ulterior motive going on which is always the canonical plot of the games until we know which side characters have their stories made canon, such as Paul in T3.

I wonder if they would opt to remake the earlier games to do the story better in those, since at the time the story telling was rather barebones and didn't really start being the focus until T4 with all the narration elements they added. It would at least be a way to make more Tekken if the story hits a dead end with T8, although the roster would be really small compared to what we have these days. XD
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