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Tekken 8 reportedly was briefly installable on the Xbox Series X|S before it was stopped, demo or beta inbound?

Not too long ago, we learned that the game that Bandai Namco and Katsuhiro Harada were teasing at the end of Evo 2022 was in fact Tekken 8. As of right now, only Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama have been revealed for the game as they both engage one another in a battle that takes place immediately after the events of Tekken 7.

We recently received word that Tekken 8 will be present at The Game Awards 2022, an event taking place later this week on December 8. Needless to say, Moonsault Slayer, an Xbox Series X|S user, recently made an interesting discovery that may have clued us in on what could be announced at the big event.

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Over 80% of Panda Global's sponsored fighting game team appears to have resigned so far

The competitive Super Smash Bros. community is very different than it was just a week ago, and that now very much includes one of the largest eSports organizations connected to the scene.

Following Panda Global's first statement made regarding the controversy surrounding the Smash World Tour's cancellation and behind-the-scenes operations, over 80% Panda's players and commentators from Smash and the wider fighting game community appear to have resigned from the team so far.

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Tekken 8 confirmed to be at The Game Awards 2022

The Game Awards 2022 is a gaming event that will be aired live on December 8, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET. As usual, we're expecting a number of fighting game announcements among the reveals during the yearly event.

Thanks to a recent Tweet by Aris, we now have confirmation that Tekken 8 will have some sort of presence at The Game Awards 2022. It would appear that Aris has been gifted something that is outright stating that he should tune in to The Game Awards 2022 event in a Tekken 8 themed box.

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Why are fighting games moving away from comeback mechanics?

Comeback mechanics have long been a dirty term for the fighting game community, but despite the general dislike and apathy for the systems, they've featured heavily in the genre for well over a decade.

That position seems to be changing with fighting game developers moving away from or toning down comeback mechanics now, but why is that?

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The Tekken series has the coolest throw break animations out of all fighting games as demonstrated by this video

The throw action was created in fighting games with the intention of giving players an option to open up defensive players. In most modern fighting games, a throw break or tech option is available to counter this type of action if the defending player is ready for it.

What we typically get when this happens is a universal throw break animation that resets the players. As pointed out by a recent video by CheeseYoni, the Tekken series has taken this a bit further.

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Tekken 8 motion capture footage seemingly leaks two unannounced characters

Tekken 8 was initially teased at Evo 2022 and then officially announced during Sony's latest State of Play program. Since then, we haven't received much information about Tekken 8.

Based on the trailer, it looks like Kazuya and Jin are almost for sure playable characters within the game and are thus far the only fighters that have been shown. However, a recent video showcasing some motion capture footage for Tekken 8 may have "leaked" two additionally fighters.

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MultiVersus is no longer the most popular fighting game on PC, nor is it even #2

MultiVersus absolutely destroyed records when it released this Summer as the biggest fighting game launch on PC ever, but it's apparently failed to maintain that momentum and initial success in the following months.

Where Warner Bros.' platform fighter once eclipsed the rest of the genre's active players on Steam combined, MultiVersus has exponentially dropped in its user count to the point where it can't be even the definitive number two in terms of popularity.

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Complete Black Friday 2022 fighting game shopping guide

Update: Our Black Friday fighting game shopping guide has been updated to include the long list of deals available now in the Steam Autumn Sale.

The biggest shopping week of the year is now bearing down on us like a festive wild boar, bringing with it many of the best sales and deals you can find.

Considering there's too many stores and online retailers to keep track of, we've put together a complete Black Friday shopping guide for fighting game fans full of deep discounts and cheer.

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DreamHack Atlanta 2022 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

DreamHack Atlanta is back again in 2022 and as usual it has a ton of fighting game offerings to show off. As you'd expect, it's taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Notable players participating include Shadow20z, Moist|Hotashi, Excedrin|Solstice, CM|Anathema, PG|KizzieKay, wG|ApolloKage, PAR|FlashMetroid, EMGG|Justakid, GRNT|DDee, Jake, MVD, PG|Esam, PHNM|Peabnut, Joonya20z, Furia|Fatality, MVG|Mew2King, GC|FKang, Nfinite|Pokchop, K7 Showoff, Mak, Proton|Coach Steve, Spiral|Krudo, Colbol, BLM|Teiga, MASH|Escalante and many more.

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Kenichi Morozumi, voice actor of Dragunov in the Tekken series, has passed away at 67

Yen Planning recently announced that their actor Kenichi Morozumi has unfortunately passed away at the age of 67 years old.

Most in the fighting game community will recognize Morozumi as the voice actor for Sergei Dragunov in the Tekken series, who performed the role since the character's introduction 17 years ago.

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Atari once set out to compete with Virtua Fighter and Tekken but instead created one of the worst fighting games ever

Just like Street Fighter 2's success inspired the creation of basically every 2D fighting game in the '90s, Virtua Fighter did much the same for 3D fighters — except most developers had an even harder time bringing the battles to an extra dimension.

Atari was one such company who attempted to directly compete with Virtua Fighter and Tekken, but considering their effort in Fight For Life just ended up on Matt McMuscles' "Worst Fighting Game" series, it didn't really work out for them in just about every regard.

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Bandai Namco aims to release Tekken 8 in 2023

Fans have heard very little about Bandai Namco's upcoming next-gen fighting title, Tekken 8. After an... interesting and very brief teaser at Evo 2022 back in August and a full-fledged teaser trailer during Sony's September State of Play, there's still so much we simply don't know about the game.

That may have changed this morning, however, as Bandai Namco released their latest financial report that includes details about the company's upcoming plans for shareholders. While there's information about Elden Ring and various other Bandai Namco products, one section in particular makes mention of Tekken 8 and says that the goal is to have it released in 2023.

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Tekken's fascinating history on handheld systems, including a card game or 2 you've likely never heard of

Through the first 5 or 6 games in Tekken's history, the series was viewed almost exclusively in terms of the PlayStation and arcades, but that wasn't entirely the case.

There's a decent chance you already know of the technically impressive Game Boy Advance version of Tekken, but GuileWinQuote recently performed the full fascinating dive into Bandai Namco's premier fighting game franchise on handheld consoles with more titles you may not have seen before.

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Ultimate Fighting Arena 2022 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Ultimate Fighting Arena is back in action for 2022 and it's taking place in Paris, France again.

Notable players competing at this event include MisterCrimson, PG|Punk, BMS|Wawa, AMTRS|Score, 00|Phenom, Solary|Yasha, JoKa, Solary|Glutonny, CRaZY|SuperAkouma, ZETA|Tea, Oplon|Skyll, Kayne, GIA|Shanks, CO|Go1, KDF|Ulsan, NASR|AngryBird, EDM|Bloom4Eva, Kilzyou, NASR|BigBird, Talon|Kkokkoma, EQNX|CuddleCore, DZ|Noka, The4philzz, GO|Luffy, Chag, HG|Danielmado, BIG|Sephiblack, gwak.fr|Victor, Wade, GIA|Sisqui, Zane, Frionel, Glitch|Nyphi, Zouni, BubblanAB7, VS|WhiteAshX, NEVIR, 8LX|HIKARU and of course many, many more.

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Fighters Spirit 2022 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

It's really nice to see fighting game players flying all over the world to compete with the best of the best.

Fighters Spirit 2022 is going down this weekend in South Korea bringing together top players from across Asia, North America and Europe including BC|Lord Knight, LZR|Supernoon, CLG|Apologyman, BNBBN, UYU|NL, Xyzzy, EGO|Armperor, KC|HaKofa and more.

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The Waka Flocka Flame vs. SonicFox fighting game grudge match is actually happening

A couple of weeks ago Fighting Game Twitter was lighting up with beefs between professional rappers and pro fighting game players. Of the interactions going on, a back and forth between rapper Waka Flocka Flame and top competitor Dominique "EG|SonicFox" McLean stood out among the pack and got people actively talking.

The short version is that Waka Flocka put out a tweet saying how good he is at fighting games and that no one would want to test that, and thus began a list of comments with people suggesting opponents for him. SonicFox's name kept coming up, and though there was a lot of talk between the two, it was unclear whether or not they'd actually have a grudge match. This morning, we learned that the bout is indeed going to happen.

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Funny animation depicts what would happen if kid Kazuya was actually able to fight against his father Heihachi in Tekken 7

The Tekken series has mostly followed the story behind the Mishima family and the "Devil Gene." It all started when Heihachi threw his son Kazuya off a cliff when Kazuya was just a kid.

In Tekken 7, it was shown that Kazuya, as a kid, was absolutely no match for his father. Had Kazuya somehow been strong enough to take on an adult, the story would've been forced to take a very different direction.

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