Bandai Namco Games’ Kohei Ikeda and Naoya Yasuda have revealed that the Tekken 8 story mode will be far greater in scope than its predecessor thanks to an increase budget.
Speaking during an interview with Famitsu magazine, the pair were asked about the volume of the game’s story mode, to which they responded:
Of course, it will be more than Tekken 7. …As a matter of fact, when I was informed of how much of the budget we had used for the Story Mode, I went, “O…Oh, my. This is quite the price.” (laughs)
When we first saw just how much we made, even I was very surprised. “No way that we made this much!” I thought. (laughs) Since there are, at the very least, 32 characters, I had a hard time connecting them in my head, but fighting games are all about the charm of the characters, so we made sure to bring out the most out of each of them.
Tekken 8’s story will focus on the conflict between Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama following the death of Heihachi in the previous game. Right now it’s unknown if the story mode will play out similar to Tekken 7, in that there’s a single campaign focussing on the main characters only, or if it will play out like the older games where everyone has a dedicated narrative.
Tekken 8 is scheduled for release on January 26, 2024 for PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X/S.
[Source – Famitsu Magazine via NoisyPixel]