There is probably only a handful of people in the world who know what exactly will be revealed at Evo 2022 this weekend, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have any clues to start putting things together.
One of the biggest question marks of the big event is whether or not Bandai Namco will announce Tekken 8 (or whatever their next big fighting game project is), and the chances now seem considerably higher than just a few days ago.
While there hasn’t been any official word from the developer, he plans to have something to reveal to Evo, but someone else did it for them.
Sony unveiled yesterday that they will be holding their own PlayStation: Stream Evo Lounge tournaments for Friday and Saturday, where they promise to have exclusive 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 2 of its current games on Evo’s main 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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“[It] will feature first-rate curated coverage of the show, band updates, player interviews and exciting content and revelations from developers and publishers. ”
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Tekken 7 hasn’t seen any major new updates in about a year and a half since Lidia launched as the last DLC character of season 4, and things have been really quiet 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 a similar radio silence about it getting more content as well.
While both titles are still for the most part entirely fun, Tekken 7 and DBFZ are starting to show their ages in the changing landscape of fighters with the first one hitting arcades way back in 2015.
Basically all of Bamco’s biggest competition in 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 shut up right now.
There is still definitely a chance that Dragon Ball has not yet finished with the rampant success that the title has seen in its 4 and a half years. Now it seems like the best time to move on, unless they announce the rollback netcode or something.
Our money, however, is on Bamco which has a new game to show off or at least tease, and Tekken is the obvious way to go.
Dating back at least 8 years, the company has also maintained a strong relationship with the big revelations during the Evo Finals, and this includes the Tekken 7 itself at Evo 2014.
Later in 2017, Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray would wow the huge crowd with the revelation that Fatal Fury’s Geese Howard would join Tekken as a guest character after Street Fighter’s Akuma had already opened those doors.
This would be followed the following year by the now infamous Negan teaser for the 3D fighting game and then back to Evo 2019 with the announcement of the Season Pass 3 for Tekken 7.
This doesn’t even include all of their Dragon Ball FighterZ and Soul Calibur 6 announcements around that time, so they’ve probably had more to bring to Evo than any other company in the past decade.
In his latest episode of Harada’s Bar, the longtime director of Tekken made it seem like he didn’t want to fuel fans’ hopes too much for big news, but he might also be trying to keep people off the path.
“We would love to do what the fans expect at the scheduled time, but it’s difficult,” Harada said. “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 meeting up with announcements. There is a balance to consider “.
While it somehow makes sense that Bamco doesn’t necessarily want to get lost in a sea of new announcements, skip what is basically the Super Bowl of fighting games to avoid it, especially when they’ve had a long track record of doing just that.
I’m not quite ready to bet like $ 1,000 on Tekken 8 that it will be at Evo 2022, but the timing and everything seems to be in line to finally be introduced to what the next generation of the franchise holds.
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