Tekken 8, the newest entry within the decade-spanning 3D preventing recreation sequence, hits PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Collection X/S on January 26. Forward of the launch, Bandai Namco Leisure has dropped a narrative breakdown to get everybody in control on the sport’s relatively convoluted lore Better of all, it’s offered by none apart from Brian Cox.
If Cox’s title sounds acquainted, that’s as a result of he performed the principle antagonist on Succession, HBO’s satirical dramedy that started in 2018 and dominated 2023. His character, Waystar Rayco CEO and Roy household patriarch Logan Roy, is an selfish and risky previous man who loves damaging and manipulating his opponents, making Cox the right particular person to host Tekken’s “Story so Far” video.
The video runs a clear 5 minutes lengthy. Although brisk, it packs quite a lot of lore in in regards to the Mishima household, the centerpiece of Tekken’s story. As Cox tells it, Tekken begins with Heihachi Mishima throwing his son, Kazuya, off a cliff as a result of he fears the boy’s devil gene, a DNA section that lets its host rework right into a winged satan. Kazuya survives the autumn and trains for twenty years to beat his dad’s ass, which he does in 1995’s Tekken. Kazuya then tosses Heihachi off a cliff in retribution, as a result of that’s simply what you do while you’re a Mishima. Later, we study Heihachi survived and goes on to coach Kazuya’s son Jin, and everybody’s hellbent on revenge. This struggle of manhood between Heihachi, Jin, and Kazuya continues till 2017’s Tekken 7, the place Kazuya lastly kills Heihachi by…throwing him right into a volcano. As one does.
This highway then results in what feels like the tip of the Mishima household’s story in Tekken 8. With Kazuya on a warpath towards full world management, it’s as much as Jin—the one different particular person with the satan gene (that we all know of, no less than)—to cease his dad. Will Jin throw Kazuya off a cliff, too? I’m betting he’ll. However all questions shall be answered when Tekken 8 launches on January 26.
However the context of this story rundown goes additional than an surprising cameo. It wasn’t way back that the preventing recreation neighborhood (FGC) was up in arms over how “anti-beginner” the franchise could be for newbies. And the “Story so Far” video does a superb job of contextualizing the nucleus of The King of the Iron Fist Tournament, the competitors that kickstarted Tekken’s narrative. With new (Victor Chevalier) and returning (Kuma) characters moving into the combo, now’s a good time to brush up on the story earlier than Tekken 8 comes out.