Perhaps only a few people in the world know exactly what will be revealed at Evo 2022 this weekend, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have clues to start putting things together.
One of the biggest question marks at the big event is whether or not Bandai Namco will announce Tekken 8 (or whatever the next big fighting game project will be), and the chances are now that they look much higher than they were a few days ago.
Although there is no official word from the developer that they plan to reveal anything in the Evo, but someone else did it for them.
Sony revealed yesterday that it will be holding its PlayStation Tournaments: Evo Lounge streams on Friday and Saturday as it pledges to deliver exclusive announcements for the fighting game.
Developers included among the participants are Arc System Works and Warner Bros. Games, Capcom, SNK, and of course Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Bamco has 2 of its current games on the main Evo platform this year between Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ, but the likelihood of either receiving 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 since Lidia launched as the last DLC in Season 4, and things have been really quiet about what the future of that game holds.
Dragon Ball FighterZ got a new character DLC in Lab Coat Android 21 about six months ago, but there’s been a similar radio silence on whether it’ll get more content, too.
While both titles are still mostly quite fun, Tekken 7 and DBFZ are starting to show their age in the changing landscape of fighters with the first being launched in arcades in 2015.
Essentially, Bamco’s biggest rivals in the space between Capcom, ArcSys, SNK, and NetherRealm Studios have all moved on to the next generation of projects, and it doesn’t seem very smart to remain silent at this juncture.
There is definitely still a chance that Dragon Ball is not over yet with the huge success this title has seen over the past 4 and a half years. Now seems like the best time to move on – unless they announce a net undo code or something.
However, our money is in Bamco and she has a new game to show off or at least tease her, and Tekken is the obvious way to travel downhill.
Dating back at least 8 years now, the company has also maintained a strong relationship with great showings during the Evo Finals, and that includes the Tekken 7 itself back at Evo 2014.
Later in 2017, Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray made huge crowd noises by revealing that Geese Howard from Fatal Fury would be joining Tekken as a guest character after Akuma from Street Fighter had already opened those doors.
This will be followed the following year by Negan’s infamous teaser for the 3D fighting game, and then again at Evo 2019 with the Season Pass 3 announcement for Tekken 7.
This doesn’t include all of the Dragon Ball FighterZ and Soul Calibur 6 announcements during that time either, so they arguably have more to offer to Evo than any other company over the past decade.
On his latest episode of Harada’s Bar, Tekken’s longtime manager made it sound like he didn’t want to raise fans’ hopes too much for the big news, but he might also be trying to get people off the track.
“We would like to do what the fans expect in the expected time, but it’s tough,” said Harada. “The reason for this is that we need to read between the lines from an industry perspective.
When a company advertises something at a particular time, we should avoid getting caught in advertisements with each other. There is a balance to be taken into account.”
While it makes some sense that Bamco wouldn’t necessarily want to get lost in a sea of new ads, skipping what is essentially the Super Bowl of fighting games to avoid it — especially when they have a long track record of doing exactly that.
I’m not quite ready to bet like $1,000 on a Tekken 8 at Evo 2022 just yet, but the timing and everything seems to be perfectly in line with delivering what the next generation of the franchise holds.
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