- Tekken 8 is the newest iteration in the long-running Tekken franchise by Bandai Namco Studios.
- The game is making a killing on Steam at the moment, with numbers reaching higher than its prequel.
- Tekken 7 peaked 7 years ago at almost 20,000 players. The sequel has already crossed 49,000 users.
The promulgation of Tekken 8 in the fighting game community worldwide currently knows no bounds, as the game does some truly solid numbers on Steam and blows its predecessor out of proportion in doing so. After all, it has arrived at the forefront of this genre after a fairly long while—this much fanfare was pretty much guaranteed for the title. Here’s a look at how the game is doing on Steam right now. Pretty solid, I have to say.
On the flip side, we’ve got Tekken 7, a game that although came out two years shy of a decade ago, had its concurrent player count peaked at 18,900 users some time back. This sharply pales in comparison to Tekken 8’s all-time peak at the moment, which is about to touch 50,000 players any time now. For a fighting game, these are fantastic figures, where the game’s high quality is rightfully deserving of this early success.
On a side note, players over at the r/tekken subreddit don’t seem to be too happy about the way matchmaking is being dealt with right now. Evidently, the heavily anticipated fighter title is suffering from network issues right now, but thankfully, the developers are already on it, as Tekken series frontman Katsuhiro Harada made a post on X earlier, confirming that work on accommodating enough players is underway.
We are currently experiencing errors during online matches and spectating in TEKKEN 8 due to a high concentration of users connecting to matching and competition servers.
We are actively working on resolving this issue and will update as soon as possible. Thank you!
— TEKKEN (@TEKKEN) January 26, 2024
On a side note, Tekken 8’s accessibility features were drastically improved for its launch earlier today. As the game’s demo was released in December, the visually impaired were quick to notice a discrepancy in one of the accessibility modes that did more harm than good. Harada acknowledged this during the TWT Finals as well, saying at the time that the demo was still a “work in progress.”
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The title at hand was released on January 26, 2024, for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, with no love for last-gen consoles. eXputer reviewed the game and rated it 5/5, with reviewer Muhammad Roaim Chohan remarking, “Tekken 8 is a powerhouse in the fighting game world and I’m thoroughly impressed with the entire experience.”
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