- Tekken 8 promises a larger story mode and the return of fan-favorite character Feng, adding nostalgia and excitement for long-time fans.
- The latest trailer showcases Feng’s reworked moves and techniques, proving his fierceness and adaptability for a new generation of Tekken fights.
- The upcoming Closed Beta Test in October will allow players to experience the reimagined roster, including Feng, and provide valuable feedback for the game’s official launch on January 26, 2024.
Tekken fans have something big to anticipate as a familiar face is making a return in the franchise’s latest installment, Tekken 8. Tekken, a popular series in the fighting game genre, has continually developed while keeping its core mechanics and beloved characters evolving and coming back for more action through each title, and Tekken 8 seems to be no exception.
The series, under the development of Bandai Namco, has been delivering hard-hitting action since its inception in 1994. Tekken 7 paved the way with its expansive story mode and character additions. With Tekken 8 promising a larger story mode, there’s much speculation about how the narrative will evolve and which characters will play pivotal roles.
A fresh trailer for Tekken 8 has been posted on YouTube. This trailer hones in on the return of the fan-favorite Feng, who made his first appearance 19 years ago in the franchise. The video emphasizes that Feng is “ready for a rematch,” setting the stage for his participation in the upcoming Closed Beta Test scheduled for October 20. The trailer showcases Feng in combat against series mainstay Marshall Law, revealing reworked moves and techniques that seem tailor-made for Tekken 8′s gameplay mechanics.
Feng’s return isn’t just a nostalgic nod; it’s an invitation to delve into his complex character arc again. His fighting style, a seamless blend of Chinese martial arts, particularly Kenpo, has been carefully updated for the upcoming game. The trailer gifts fans with a glimpse of this as Feng unleashes a formidable attack against Leroy Smith. This sneak peek serves as an exciting indicator of Feng’s fierceness and how his classic moves have been adapted for a new generation of Tekken fights.
With a leaked roster of 32 unique playable characters, the re-introduction of Feng signifies Bandai Namco’s intent to provide a mix of nostalgia and new additions in Tekken 8 for long-time fans to enjoy. This move is especially significant considering the game is set to break traditional gameplay mechanics with its new “Heat” system, altering the strategies it encourages and enhancing the combat experience.
The re-introduction of Feng, a classic character in the series, adds excitement to the already-anticipated Closed Beta Test set for October. With the Tekken 8‘s release date disclosed at Gamescom 2023‘s Opening Night event, this test will offer both newcomers and veteran players a sneak peek at how Feng and the rest of the roster has been reimagined. The Closed Beta Test serves as a crucial opportunity for Bandai Namco to not only showcase this returning character but also to collect valuable player feedback, all while creating momentum towards the game’s long-awaited official launch.
Tekken 8 will launch on January 26, 2024 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.