There’s in all probability solely a handful of folks on this planet who know what precisely is getting revealed at Evo 2022 this weekend, however that does not imply we do not have clues to start out piecing issues collectively.
One of the largest query marks going into the massive occasion is whether or not or not Bandai Namco will announce Tekken 8 (or no matter their subsequent large preventing sport venture is), and the chances now are trying significantly larger than they had been just just a few days in the past.
Though there’s been no official phrase out of the developer is planning to have something to disclose at Evo, however another person kinda did it for them.
Sony unveiled yesterday they are going to be holding their very own PlayStation Tournaments: Evo Lounge streams for Friday and Saturday the place they promise to have unique preventing sport bulletins.
The builders listed as collaborating are Arc System Works, Warner Bros. Video games, Capcom, SNK, and of course, Bandai Namco Leisure.
Bamco does have 2 of their present video games on the Evo mainstage this 12 months between Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ, however the prospect of both of them receiving new content material at this level is questionable at finest.
PlayStation reveals EVO Lounge Reside Present for #EVO2022
“[It] will function top-shelf curated present protection, bracket updates, interviews with gamers, and thrilling content material and divulges from builders and publishers”
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Tekken 7 hasn’t seen any new main updates for a couple of 12 months and a half now since Lidia launched because the final DLC character of Season 4, and issues have been actually quiet as to what the long run of that sport holds.
Dragon Ball FighterZ did get a brand new DLC character in Lab Coat Android 21 about six months in the past, however there’s been equally radio silence as to if it should get any extra content material too.
Whereas each titles are nonetheless wholly pleasing for essentially the most half, Tekken 7 and DBFZ are beginning to present their age within the altering panorama of fighters with the previous releasing in arcades all of the way again in 2015.
Mainly all of Bamco’s greatest competitors within the area between Capcom, ArcSys, SNK and NetherRealm Studios have all moved on to their subsequent era of tasks, and it would not appear very good to remain quiet at this juncture.
There’s nonetheless actually an opportunity that Dragon Ball is not finished just but with the wild success that title has seen over its 4 and a half years. Now just looks as if the very best time to maneuver on — until they announce rollback netcode or one thing.
Our cash, nevertheless, is on Bamco having a brand new sport to point out off or at the very least tease, and Tekken is the plain path to journey down.
Courting again at least 8 years now, the corporate has additionally maintained a powerful relationship with making large reveals throughout Evo finals, and that features Tekken 7 itself again at Evo 2014.
Later in 2017, Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray would hype the large crowd up with the reveal that Deadly Fury’s Geese Howard can be becoming a member of Tekken as a visitor character after Road Fighter’s Akuma had already blown these doorways open.
That might be adopted the following 12 months by Negan’s now notorious teaser for the 3D preventing sport after which once more at Evo 2019 with the Season Move 3 announcement for Tekken 7.
This is not together with all of their Dragon Ball FighterZ and Soul Calibur 6 bulletins over that point both, in order that they’ve arguably had extra to deliver to Evo than some other firm over the previous decade.
On his newest episode of Harada’s Bar, the longtime Tekken Director did make it appear to be he did not wish to get followers’ hopes up an excessive amount of for large information, however he may be attempting to throw folks off of the path.
“We would love to do what followers count on at the anticipated time, but it surely’s laborious,” stated Harada. “The rationale for that’s we have to learn between the traces from an business perspective.
When an organization proclaims one thing at a sure time, we should always keep away from working into one another with bulletins. There is a steadiness to contemplate.”
Whereas it considerably is sensible that Bamco would not wish to essentially get misplaced in a sea of new bulletins, skipping out on what’s mainly the Tremendous Bowl of preventing video games to keep away from that does not — particularly once they’ve had a protracted observe file of doing just that.
I am not precisely able to stake like $1,000 on Tekken 8 being at Evo 2022 just but, however the timing and every part seems to be lining up just proper to be lastly launched to what the following era of the franchise holds.