There are probably only a handful of people in the world who know exactly what will be revealed at Evo 2022 this weekend, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have clues to start putting the pieces together.
One of the biggest question marks 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 chances now look considerably higher than they did just a few days ago.
Although there has been no official word that the developer plans to have anything to reveal on Evo, someone else did it for them.
Sony announced yesterday that they will be holding their own PlayStation tournaments: Evo Lounge streams for Friday and Saturday, where they promise to have exclusive fighting game announcements.
Developers listed as participating are Arc System Works, Warner Bros. Games, Capcom, SNK, and of course Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Bamco has 2 of its current games on the Evo main stage this year between Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ, but the chance of either of them receiving new content at this point is questionable at best.
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“[It] will feature top-tier curated show coverage, group updates, player interviews, and exciting content and reveals from developers and publishers.”
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Tekken 7 hasn’t seen any new major updates for about a year and a half since Lidia was released as the last DLC character of Season 4, and things have been pretty quiet as far as 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’s been similar radio silence as to whether it’ll also get more content.
While both titles are still totally 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 back in 2015.
Basically, all of Bamco’s biggest competition in the space between Capcom, ArcSys, SNK, and NetherRealm Studios has moved on to their next generation of projects, and it doesn’t seem very smart to keep quiet at the moment.
There is still a chance that Dragon Ball is not yet done with the huge success the title has enjoyed over its 4 1/2 years. Now seems like the best time to move on, unless they announce the rollback netcode or something.
Our money, however, is on Bamco having a new game to show off or at least tease, and Tekken is the obvious route to travel.
For at least 8 years now, the company has also had a strong relationship with big reveals during Evo Finals, and that includes Tekken 7 at Evo 2014.
Later in 2017, Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray would hype the crowd with the reveal that Fatal Fury’s Geese Howard would be joining Tekken as a guest character after Street Fighter’s Akuma had already opened those doors.
That would be followed the next 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.
This also doesn’t include all of their Dragon Ball FighterZ and Soul Calibur 6 announcements during that time, so they’ve arguably had more to bring to Evo than any other company over the last decade.
In his latest episode of Harada’s Bar, the long-time Tekken director made it sound like he didn’t want to get fans too excited about big news, but he might as well be trying to throw people off track.
“We would like to do what the fans expect at the expected time, but it is difficult,” 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 certain time, we should avoid running into ads. There is a balance to consider.”
While it makes sense that Bamco wouldn’t necessarily want to get lost in a sea of new ads, skipping what is basically the Super Bowl of fighting games to avoid it, especially when they’ve had a long history. record do just that.
I’m not exactly ready to bet $1,000 on Tekken 8 at Evo 2022 just yet, but the timing and everything seems to be lining up to finally unveil what the next generation of the franchise has to offer.
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