Fist Meets Fate
Tekken fans got a fresh new look at Bandai Namco’s exciting new fighter Tekken 8 during last night’s Game Awards festivities. A new trailer offered up new hints on the sequel’s highly dramatic narrative, while also sneaking in glimpses of several combatants returning to The King of Iron Fist Tournament.
The preview sees Kazuya Mishima, now fully possessed by the Devil gene, running amok throughout the planet, raining destruction down on its populace. Standing against him will be the newly-reformed Jin Kazama, charged with the blood in his veins and the spirit of his deceased mother in his heart. The preview is a pretty melodramatic affair, as one would expect from the Tekken franchise — but I’ll be darned if it didn’t make the Tekken 8 storyline look like a pretty cataclysmic affair.
In addition to the plot details, the trailer also featured some returning Tekken acolytes, including the fiery pro-wrestler, King, the man-mountain android Jack, Bruce-Lee-alike Marshall Law, his running buddy Paul Phoenix and the far-too-handsome-to-be-a-special agent Lars. We also catch a sneak peek at Jun Kazama herself, suggesting that she too will be making her return to the ring. All of this was rendered in dazzling current-gen technology, offering visual splendor yet to be seen in the long-running series. It’s looking good. Damn good.
Tekken 8 is currently in development for PS5. PC, and Xbox Series X.