There are probably only a few people in the world who know what’s really happening at the Evo 2022 this weekend, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a clue when to start piecing things together.
One of the biggest question marks going into the big event is whether or not Bandai Namco will announce Tekken 8 (or whatever their next big fighting game project is), and the prospects now look much higher than they were a few days ago. Huh.
Although there’s no official word from the developer, the Evo plans to reveal anything but someone else did it for them.
Sony unveiled yesterday, they’ll be holding their own PlayStation Tournament: Evo Lounge Stream for Friday and Saturday where they promise special fighting game announcements.
The developers listed as participating are Arc System Works, Warner Bros. Games, Capcom, SNK, and of course, Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Bamco has its 2 existing games between Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ on the Evo mainstage this year, but at this point the prospect of either of them getting new content is questionable at best.
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Tekken 7 hasn’t seen any new major updates for almost a year and a half since Lydia was launched as the final DLC character for Season 4, and things are really cool about what the future holds for that game.
Dragon Ball FighterZ got a new DLC character in Lab Coat Android 21 about six months ago, but there has been similar radio silence as to whether it will get more content.
While both titles are still thoroughly enjoyable for the most part, Tekken 7 and DBFZ are starting to show their age in the changing landscape of fighters, with the former releasing in arcades all the way back in 2015.
Basically all of Bamco’s biggest competition in the space between Capcom, ArcSys, SNK and NederRealm Studios has moved on to its next generation project, and it doesn’t seem too smart to keep quiet at the moment.
There’s still definitely a chance that Dragon Ball isn’t quite done with the wild success that the title has seen in 4 and a half years. Now seems like now is the best time to move on – unless they announce a rollback netcode or something.
Our money, however, is a new game to show off or at the very least tease on Bamko, and Tekken is the clear path to travel down.
Now dating back at least 8 years, the company has maintained a strong relationship with making big revelations during the Evo finals, and that includes Tekken 7 at Evo 2014.
Later in 2017, Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray publicized to a massive crowd that Street Fighter’s Akuma had already opened the doors, followed by Fatal Fury’s Geese Howard as a guest character. Join Tekken.
This will be followed by the infamous teaser for Negan’s 3D fighting game next year, and again at Evo 2019 with the announcement of Season Pass 3 for Tekken 7.
This doesn’t include all their Dragon Ball FighterZ and Soul Calibur 6 announcements during that time, so they arguably have more to bring to Evo than any other company over the past decade.
on your latest episode of borough of hardaThe longtime Tekken director seemed like he didn’t want to get fans’ hopes up for big news too high, but he could also try to get people out of the way.
“We want to do what the fans expect at the expected time, but it’s tough,” Harada said. “The reason for this is that we need to read between the lines from an industry perspective.
When a company announces something at a given time, we should avoid running into each other with announcements. There’s a balance to consider.”
While it’s somewhat understandable that Bamako wouldn’t necessarily want to get lost in a sea of new announcements, avoiding what is basically the Super Bowl of fighting games — especially when they have a long track record of doing so.
I’m not quite ready to bet like $1,000 on Tekken 8 at the Evo 2022 just yet, but the timing and everything seems right for finally being offered to the next generation of the franchise.