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When will Tekken 8 be announced?

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • April 5, 2022 at 4:52 p.m. PDT • Comments: 24

The fighting game community has faced the need to evolve and change numerous times over the past 3 decades impacting both players and developers, and we're currently in the dawn of a new generation where the genre may be taking new directions.

While Street Fighter 6 has already been announced by Capcom, Bandai Namco's next gen flagship fighting game is still remaining quiet, so when may we first see what many presume to be Tekken 8?

During the latest episode of Harada's Bar, pro Street Fighter 5 player Rohto|Tokido and Virtua Fighter Producer Seiji Aoki try to press Tekken Director Katsuhiro Harada for any information on his next project.

Unsurprisingly, Harada plays coy with the barrage of questions about a new Tekken and won't even confirm that he is working on anything right now, but he still did have some interesting things to say on the matter.

When Street Fighter 6 is brought up, the Bandai Namco boss states that they try to avoid overlapping their fighting game announcements and releases with Capcom's.

"We're always careful not to overlap release dates," said Harada. "We try not to release at the same time of the same year. We don't want to crush each other. It's not like we arrange dates or anything. We just read between the lines."

He quickly goes on to somewhat contradict himself, however, as he talks about conversations he used to have with former Street Fighter Producer Yoshinori Ono.

"We try not to release at the same time of the same year. We don't want to crush each other. It's not like we arrange dates or anything. We just read between the lines"

"When Ono gave us the date for an important Street Fighter announcement, we often rescheduled our own announcement to not overlap," continued Harada. "Mostly it was on us to reschedule. We only asked them to reschedule when it was really important."

Even though Bandai Namco is now the larger company, they still give Capcom and Street Fighter respect as the originators of fighting games as we know them according to the Tekken Director.

If this does all ring true, then it could still be a good number of months of waiting before we get to see whatever Tekken's development team is working on with Street Fighter 6 promising to announce more information this summer.

Tokido and Aoki bring up the possibility of Evo 2022 being the place to pull back the curtain, which Harada doesn't really object to, and that does seem like the best candidate for a big Bandai Namco announcement considering Tekken and Soul Calibur's long history doing so at the massive fighting game major.

Harada also points out, however, that his team also developed Pokkén Tournament and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on top of Tekken 7, potentially implying that Bamco may not be quite as far along on their new project as Capcom is with SF6.

Considering we're expecting to see Street Fighter 6 release sometime during the first quarter of 2023, Bandai Namco's next title likely won't launch until at least 6 months later if previous precedent is anything to go on.

While Tekken 6 and 7's arcade releases did predate Street Fighter 4 and 5 respectively, their home console launches saw Capcom's flagships hit shelves 6 months and 16 months before, and arcades likely won't be nearly as high of a priority this time around given their decline in Japan.

Ultimately, this is still speculation based in part on vague answers of a developer who is known for messing with his fans, but history does seem to back up his points.

We're only 4 months away from the start of Evo, so we're not too far away from when we'll hopefully get to see what the Tekken team is currently cooking up.

You can check out the full Harada's Bar episode below.

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