Tekken 8 was recently confirmed to be in development, and now the developer reveals that the upcoming fighting game is being made in Unreal Engine 5.
It’s been confirmed recently that Tekken 8 is in development and that the studio will be using Unreal Engine 5 to make it. With a long history, stretching back across decades, the series has been a staple for many gamers, with the third entry going down as one of the best fighting games ever, up there with the likes of Street Fighter 4 and Soul Caliber. The fact that there are eight installments in the franchise, plus a few spin-offs, doesn’t seem to have dwindled the popularity of the games.
Tekken 8 was revealed to be in development during the PlayStation State of Play event on September 13. The trailer shows a high-octane fight between two of the series’ mainstay characters, Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima. The teaser gives particular attention to the detail in the character models, as well such nuances as rain droplets rolling off their faces. At the moment, there is no release date for this upcoming title, but the trailer itself makes it look like it’s going to be another interesting entry, and a recent interview with the studio unveiled some more details about the game.
In a recent IGN interview, Bandai Namco Entertainment General Manager Katsuhiro Harada said that the team had made the move to Unreal Engine 5 for this Tekken installment. This will represent the second game in the series to use Epic’s Unreal software, with 2017’s Tekken 7 using UE4. Before that, the games utilized in-house development kits. Harada says he is very excited about the move to UE5, adding that all models from Tekken 7 have been “totally discarded,” with everything being rebuilt in Unreal. He goes on to say that Tekken 8 originally started on Unreal Engine 4 before the assets were ported over to the new software.
Over the years, Unreal Engine has become one of the most powerful and best video game engines out there. Its fifth iteration is currently being used to make some hotly anticipated games, such as Redfall, Layers of Fears, and the new installments in the Witcher and Tomb Raider franchises.
As for the fighting series itself, Tekken goes way back to the PlayStation 1 era, with that console alone seeing the release of three of the games. Much like Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter, Bandai Namco’s IP has lived through the ages, moving along with game development technology, yet still largely retaining what made the classic releases so beloved.
Tekken 8 is in development for PS5.