Five things you need to know about TEKKEN 8

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The first gameplay trailer for TEKKEN 8 was showcased at the Game Awards 2022, revealing new mechanics and the return of a fan favourite character – Jun Kazama. Here is what we know so far about the next entry in the iconic fighting game franchise.

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Setting and Story

With the world witnessing the devastating war between Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama, TEKKEN 8 continues the story from the previous title. The trailer shows Jin facing his own fate after seemingly suffering a defeat from his father, Kazuya.  

Jin’s mother, Jun Kazama, appears after her absence from the franchise since TEKKEN 2 to try and turn the tide in the familial feud. The trailer also confirms the return of Paul Phoenix, Marshall Law, King, Lars Alexandersson, and Jack-8.

The TEKKEN series holds the Guinness World Record for being the longest-running video game storyline, with the new title continuing the generational saga of the Mishima and Kazama bloodlines.

TEKKEN 8 is being built from the ground up for Unreal Engine 5 with new new models and animations built from the ground up for each character to make the most out of the current generation of consoles. In an interview with online gaming journal IGN, TEKKEN Director Katsuhiro Harada said: “You may notice that we have kept some elements that have defined these particular characters, but the costumes have been completely redesigned for this iteration. But not just the look of a character, the actual character models themselves, including the rigging and the bones, were made from scratch for Tekken 8.”

Character Models

TEKKEN 8 is being built from the ground up for Unreal Engine 5 with new new models and animations built from the ground up for each character to make the most out of the current generation of consoles.

In an interview with online gaming journal IGN, TEKKEN Director Katsuhiro Harada said: “You may notice that we have kept some elements that have defined these particular characters, but the costumes have been completely redesigned for this iteration. But not just the look of a character, the actual character models themselves, including the rigging and the bones, were made from scratch for Tekken 8.”

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New Mechanics

We saw a glimpse of TEKKEN 8’s Heat system, which encourages aggressive play. Harada notes that the design underlines the core concept of the new title, looking to give attacking players an advantage and discourage turtling. “It’s not just important that a game be fun for the person playing it. It has to look fun to play to captivate and bring in new people,” he tells IGN.

The trailer also showcased environments that are dynamic and destructible with situational stage interactions.

Release date

Developers BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment has not confirmed a release date at the time of writing this article, but rumors hint at TEKKEN 8 being released in 2023. Peer legacy fighting game franchise Street Fighter VI is also anticipated for next year.

The new gen

TEKKEN 8 will be releasing exclusively on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.

How Yoshikiller won Dreamhack Hyderabad in Tekken 7

Wasfi Bilal, known as Yoshikiller, won Dreamhack Hyderabad in an impressive comeback victory against Delhi’s Rohit Jain on November 6th. This is by no measure the 20-year-old’s breakout performance, as Wasfi won multiple titles in the Nexus series this past year. His consistent top placements awarded him first place in the Tekken World Tour 2022’s leaderboard for the South Asian region, followed by Tejan, Hitesh Khorwal AKA Rcool, and Jain, respectively.

The Yoshimitsu main who hails from Kashmir says that preparations for Dreamhack started two weeks in advance with his cousin, and fellow Kashmiri Tekken player, Snakefury. “Our goal was to make top 8 anyhow to put KMR on board in the offline Tekken scene and thanks to Allah, the journey went awesome.”

KMR, which stands for Kashmir, is a community of 10-15 players in Kashmir that are active in the Tekken 7 scene. The tag is worn by multiple strong and up-and-coming players that hail from the region.

“The Nexus series helped me a lot as my family supported me after watching me leading the series again and again to participate in Dreamhack,” he says, adding “thanks to my big brother and SnakeFury, who helped me remain calm and focused during difficult on-stream matches.”

When asked about the challenges he faced in his run to gold at Dreamhack, Wasfi explains that there were many more hurdles than just Rohit Jain, who he faced thrice. “I started playing an anti-jump and high-check game in losers which specifically helped me beat Rohit,” he says.

Indian Tekken fans cheer for Wasfi’s exciting playstyle and calm demeanor, but also his dominant wins with Yoshimitsu. The character is largely considered low-tier by the community, with very few global figureheads producing results with the katana-wielding alien ninja.

“Honestly, I feel like Yoshimitsu is the best fun-to-play character in the entire roster. When I started, I didn’t know that I’ll make such progress with this character. I play a lot of characters, but I think in tournaments, my Yoshi is the strongest.”

Wasfi started his journey playing Tekken 3 in Kashmir some 14 years back with his brother at the numerous arcades present at the time. This exposed him to some of the strongest players in the region at that time, such as Snakefury, Windgod, Arsalan, among others. ‘KMR’ finds its roots here, as the name for their group.

“This offline tournament was just a start, but it was an amazing experience for us – KMR”, says Wasfi.

 

On November 12th, the top 4 placements in India will be facing each other at the regional qualifiers for the Tekken World Tour – Yoshikiller, Tejan, Rcool, and Rohit Jain. We urge you to tune in and support your favourite players.

 

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KnightWing wins Nodwin Gaming Community Cup #12

KnightWing (Steve Fox) has won the 12th edition of Nodwin Gaming’s Community Cup against RTG Sunny (Marduk/Phoenix/Lars). The hard-fought 3-2 victory came after RTG Sunny reset the bracket in a seesaw game 5 grand finals.

 

KnightWing looked dominant in the winner’s top 8, not dropping a single game until the grand finals. The Fox main also defeated LagPsycho (Zafina), who ended the tournament at third place.

 

LagPsycho faced RTG Sunny in the winner’s semifinals, sending the latter to the losers’ bracket. From there, Sunny picked up notable wins against Rcool331 (Leroy) and Shaktishali (Nina) to avenge the loss against the Zafina player in the loser’s finals with a 3-2 victory.

 

Shaktishali, who entered top 8 from the loser’s side, had a strong showing, ultimately losing to the runner up in the loser’s semifinals and placing fourth.

 

The event was an exciting display of Indian Tekken talent before next week’s massive Dreamhack India Tekken 7 offline event with a prize pool of Rs 3.6 lakh. Do keep an eye out for our peer communities of Street Fighter V and Smash Ultimate too.

 

Top 8 Lineup:
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Knightwing
LagPsycho
RTG Sunny
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Shaktishali
Rcool331
Lil Mahajan

 

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Yoshikiller wins Tekken Nexus #15, ends series on a high note

KMR Yoshikiller (Yoshimitsu) has won TEKKEN Nexus #15 Online Dojo against Rcool331 (Leroy) in a nail-biting grand final. The former won 3-2 against Rcool in a hard-fought battle despite the Leroy main resetting the bracket with a 3-0 victory.  

The grand final was a repeat of Nexus #13, where Rcool had triumphed over Yoshikiller, winning six games in a row to reset the bracket and win the tournament. The redemption win adds to a slew of strong performances by the Yoshimitsu main this past year, cementing him a top position in the Tekken World Tour 2022’s South Asia region.  

The event also marked the third consecutive Nexus where Rcool reached the grand finals despite entering top 8 through the losers’ bracket. GSI Jeonsa also had a great performance, ending the tournament at third, losing only to the top two performers.  

Notably, Tejan and Rohit Jain were missing from the event. However, both the players have secured a position for the TWT regional qualifiers, along with Yoshikiller and Rcool. 

TEKKEN Nexus #15 was the largest event of the series so far, ending the Online and Offline Dojo on a high note. There were over 96 participants that entered the tournament, qualifying it for higher placement points of 150, 100, and 70 to the top three players, respectively, and so on. 

The events were organized by TEKKEN Freaks and powered by the TEKKEN World Tour, with top placements earning the players points through the TEKKEN Esports Tournament Portal.  

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A massive congratulations to all the players, organisers, and fans for showing that the Indian Tekken community is stronger than ever.  

 

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Rohit Jain wins TEKKEN Nexus #14 in a return to form

Rohit Jain (Eliza) has won TEKKEN Nexus #14 Online Dojo against Rcool331 (Leroy) with a solid 3-1 in the grand finals. Jain, who entered top 8 from the winners’ side, only lost two games in his three sets to victory. Commentators Raging Mode and Jeonsa pointed at the Eliza main’s return to form with the Nexus win.  

Last event’s champion, Rcool, again entered top 8 from the loser’s bracket and fought his way to grand finals. RTG Sunny (Katarina) had a strong showing, only losing to the top two performers. The Katarina main had a notably hard-fought set with Rcool, losing 3-2 in the losers’ finals, securing third place. The top-ranking players in the Tekken World Tour 2022’s South Asia region, Tejan and Yoshikiller were not present for the tournament. 

TEKKEN Nexus #14 sets the tone as the penultimate event in the series of Online and Offline Dojo events. Over 64 participants residing in India participated in the tournament organized by TEKKEN Freaks and powered by the TEKKEN World Tour. Top placements earn the players points through the TEKKEN Esports Tournament Portal.    

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Rcool331 wins Tekken Nexus #13 in dominant fashion

Rcool331 (Leroy) has won TEKKEN Nexus #13 Online Dojo in a dominant Grand Final performance against KMR Yoshikiller (Yoshimitsu|Feng|Zafina). Rcool, who entered top 8 from the losers’ side, won six games in a row to reset the bracket and win the tournament. He also notably defeated Rohit Jain (Eliza|Zafina), eliminating the favourite from the event.

Abhinav Tejan (Eliza), who was slated to play Yoshikiller in the Winners’ Finals, had to drop out due to internet connection issues. The two are ranked first and second, respectively, in the Tekken World Tour 2022 for the South Asian region as of 29th September 2022, making the matchup something fans are looking forward to.

TEKKEN Nexus #13 marks another successful event, with over 64 participants residing in India. TEKKEN Nexus is a series of Online and Offline Dojo events organized by TEKKEN Freaks and powered by the TEKKEN World Tour. Top placements earn the players points through the TEKKEN Esports Tournament Portal.

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A special shoutout to Rohit Jain, who recently represented India at the REV MAJOR Philippines 2022, placing 17th. Click here to read the interview online Sports journal Sportkeeda conducted with him.

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