There’s probably only a handful of people in the world who know exactly what’s being revealed at Evo 2022 this weekend, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have clues to start piecing together. things.
One of the biggest question marks ahead of the big event is whether or not Bandai Namco will announce Tekken 8 (or whatever its next big fighting game project is), and the odds now seem considerably higher than they weren’t a few days ago.
While there has been no official word from the developer they plan to have anything to reveal to Evo, but someone else has somehow done it for them.
Sony revealed yesterday that they would hold up PlayStation Tournaments: Evo Lounge streams for Friday and Saturday where they promise to have exclusive fighting game announcements.
Developers listed as participants are Arc System Works, Warner Bros. Games, Capcom, SNK and of course Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Bamco has 2 of its current games on the main Evo stage this year between Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ, but the prospect of either of them getting new content at this point is questionable at best.
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Tekken 7 hasn’t seen any major new updates for about a year and a half now since Lidia launched as the final DLC character for Season 4, and things have been pretty quiet about the future of this. Game.
Dragon Ball FighterZ got a new DLC character in Lab Coat Android 21 about six months ago, but there was similar radio silence about whether it would also get more content.
While both titles are still quite enjoyable for the most part, Tekken 7 and DBFZ are starting to show their age in the changing fighter landscape, with the former hitting arcades in 2015.
Basically, all of Bamco’s biggest competitors in the space between Capcom, ArcSys, SNK, and NetherRealm Studios have all moved on to their next generation of projects, and it doesn’t seem very smart to stay silent at this point.
There’s still definitely a chance that Dragon Ball isn’t over yet with the wild success the title has had in its 4½ years. Now seems like the best time to move on – unless they announce a rollback netcode or something.
Our money, however, is that Bamco has a new game to show off or at the very least tease, and Tekken is the obvious route to travel.
Dating back at least 8 years now, the company has also maintained a strong relationship with big reveals at Evo Finals, and that includes Tekken 7 itself at Evo 2014.
Later in 2017, Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray made headlines when they revealed that Fatal Fury’s Geese Howard would be joining Tekken as a guest character after Street Fighter’s Akuma had already opened those doors.
This would be followed the following year by Negan’s now infamous teaser for the 3D fighting game, and then again at Evo 2019 with the announcement of Season Pass 3 for Tekken 7.
It also doesn’t include all of their Dragon Ball FighterZ and Soul Calibur 6 announcements during this time, so they’ve arguably had more to contribute to Evo than any other company over the past decade.
In his last episode of Harada BarTekken’s longtime manager sounded like he didn’t want to keep fans hoping for big news too much, but he might also be trying to throw people off the track.
“We would like to do what the fans expect at the time, but it’s difficult,” said Harada. “The reason is that we have to read between the lines from an industry perspective.
When a company announces something at a certain time, we should avoid crossing with announcements. There is a balance to be taken into account.”
While it makes some sense that Bamco doesn’t necessarily want to get lost in a sea of new announcements, jumping on what’s essentially the Super Bowl of fighting games to avoid that doesn’t – especially when they’ve had a long track record to do just that.
I’m not ready to bet like $1,000 on Tekken 8 at Evo 2022 just yet, but the timing and everything seems to be lining up just to finally be introduced to what the next generation of the franchise has in store.
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