Bandai Namco’s Tekken 8 receives a major boost in character rosters – 5 new characters unveiled

Tekken 8

Tekken is a legendary game franchise that has been a part of every 90’s kid’s childhood. As such Bandai Namco has made sure that our childhood does not die so soon with the latest installment to the franchise, Tekken 8. The video game features a thrilling storyline with a mind-blowing action sequence that will leave any teen wanting for more.

It recently revealed 5 new characters in its rosters, and here we are, breaking everything about the game that you would need to know. In this article, I will have you know all the details about the game, its release, and the characters you will spend most of your time playing as.

 

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Tekken 8 – When is it coming out?

Tekken 8 will be released on the 26th of January, 2024 on multiple platforms. These platforms include:

  • PlayStation®5
  • Xbox Series X|S
  • PC via Steam®

The game is available to preorder on the PlayStation store for PS players, the Xbox store for Xbox players, and Steam for PC players. The game is available to preorder in four versions that come with bonuses included for every edition. They are:

  • Standard Edition: It includes only the base game and is priced at $50 on Steam and $70 in the Xbox store. Special Avatar Skins for Tetsujin and Mokujin are available as a PS5 Early Purchase Bonus.
  • Deluxe Edition: It includes the base game, a Playable Character 1 year Pass (which includes 4 additional playable characters and a skin for Kinjin), and a Character Costume Gold Suit Pack (one costume per each playable character). It is priced at $72 on Steam and $100 in the Xbox store. Special Avatar Skins for Tetsujin and Mokujin are available as a PS5 Early Purchase Bonus.
  • Ultimate Edition: It includes the base game, a Playable Character 1 year Pass (which includes 4 additional playable characters and a skin for Kinjin), a Character Costume Gold Suit Pack (one costume per each playable character), an Avatar Costume Classic T-shirt set (32 designs), and Avatar Skins for Kazuya Mishima, Jin Kazama, and Jun Kazama. It is priced at $80 on Steam and $110 in the Xbox store. Special Avatar Skins for Tetsujin and Mokujin are available as a PS5 Early Purchase Bonus.
  • Collector’s Edition: It includes the base game with a Steam Card for PC and all the features available in the Ultimate Edition. Furthermore, it will consist of  Figurine + LED + 1 USB port, Steelbook, Ring, Arcade Token, Collectible Cards (8), Packaging (Rigid Box), and Branded O-ring. Special Avatar Skins for Tetsujin and Mokujin are available as a PS5 Early Purchase Bonus.  It is priced at $300 in the Bandai Namco store.

Gameplay

Jin vs. his father
Jin vs. his father | Courtesy of Bandai Namco

The game will feature the classic Tekken style of combat with the 1v1, however, the experience will be unlike anything we have seen before. The game is powered by the latest versions of the Unreal Engine, bringing out high-definition character models and visually appealing fight sequences.

The game has also introduced a new fighting gimmick. It introduces a new game mechanic called the “Heart System“, which allows players to stock up on their aggressiveness. It allows players to use their character’s aggro as a weapon, opening the door for brand-new combos.  The Heat System gives characters access to special movements and enhances their abilities based on each character’s unique features.

Staples such as “Rage Arts” and all of the series’ signature moves and bone-crushing combos make their return as well.

5 New Characters Unveiled

The entire character roster
The entire character roster | Courtesy of Bandai Namco

The recent trailer finally took the curtains off 5 characters from the rosters. They are Devil Jin, Zafina, Lee Chaolan, Panda, and Alisa Bosconovitch. This brings the total known characters to 30 out of the 32 characters players will be able to play with after release. The next two characters will be announced on the 2nd of November and the 12th of November, 2024, respectively.

Long time fans already know who these iconic characters are, however, for the ones who are looking to enter the franchise, here’s a brief into the new characters:

Devil Jin
Devil Jin | Courtesy of Bandai Namco
  • Devil Jin: Devil Jin returns as the “Blank Wings of Ruin,” Jin’s demonic side comes from the devil gene in his blood and the embodiment of him living with his sins. Devil Jin’s appearance matches his name, and his fighting skills are beyond human capabilities.
Lee Chaolan
Lee Chaolan | Courtesy of Bandai Namco
  • Lee Chaolan: Lee Chaolan fights with Martial Arts, but his true power comes from the Violet Suit, a one-of-a-kind battle suit that uses sophisticated technology and unleashes attacks that reflect his “Silver haired-Demon” persona.
Alisa Bosconovitch
Alisa Bosconovitch | Courtesy of Bandai Namco
  • Alisa Bosconovitch: Alisa Bosconovitch is the “Destroying Automaton” developed by the brilliant scientist Dr. Bosconovitch. Alisa’s fighting skills come from her high-mobility flight suit and her arsenal of technological weaponry.
Zafina
Zafina | Courtesy of Bandai Namco
  • Zafina: The “Mystic Stargazer” Zafina brings back her unique fight style rooted in her warrior heritage and her spiritual abilities as a mystical astrologist. Her methods are as old as her lineage, using Ancient Assassination Arts in her attacks.
Panda
Panda | Courtesy of Bandai Namco
  • Panda: Panda’s nickname as the “Pretty Protector” comes from her double duty as both Ling Xiaoyu’s pet and bodyguard. She uses Heihachi-Style Advanced Kuma Shin Ken as her fighting style.

Conclusion

The game has a history of chaotic fun meshed with childhood goodness and as such, we fans, only expect that this would also turn out to be a success. With Bandai Namco’s long range of upcoming games such as Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash and Nintendo Switch release of The Dark Pictures, which game are you most looking forward to? If it’s Tekken, which character are you looking forward to playing? Comment down below!!

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