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Tekken 8’s Katsuhiro Harada Claims Younger Players Prefer Team-Based Games Over 1-On-1 Fighters

Katsuhiro Harada, the producer on Tekken 8, has claimed in the latest edition of Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ Game Maker’s Notebook podcast that younger players are more interested in team-based video games over one-on-one fighting games.

Speaking with PlayStation’s Shuhei Yoshida, Harada-san was asked on how he feels one-on-one fighting games can evolve going forward.

It seems to me that the way fighting games are played has evolved over time, with the generations. In Japan, and probably in most of the world, my generation is a big one. It makes up a good chunk of the population. That made our society a competitive one.

If you applied to a school or for a job, there was always a lot of competition. Because of this, people in my generation prefer definitive outcomes, a clear winner and loser. This applies to folks in and around their 50s.

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But most young people nowadays are the opposite. They’re rarely eager to engage in one-on-one showdowns. Plus, because figthing games pit you by yourself against a single opponent, you have to accept all the responsibility if you lose. You can’t blame anyone else.

In team-based shooters, when players win, they can say that they won because of their own contributions, but when they lose, it’s because they got matched with a lousy team.

Tekken 8 was released for PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X/S in January 2024, and you can read our full review here.

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