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Tekken 8: Aging Fighters, Mysterious Ages, and Cheaters on the Ropes

Tekken 8 has taken the gaming world by storm with its incredible cast of characters, leaving fans eager to learn more about their new favorites. Howev...

Kizito Katawonga

Jan 30, 2024

Tekken 8: Aging Fighters, Mysterious Ages, and Cheaters on the Ropes

Tekken 8 has taken the gaming world by storm with its incredible cast of characters, leaving fans eager to learn more about their new favorites. However, director Katsuhiro Harada isn't exactly in the mood to satisfy our curiosity. When asked about the ages of the fighters in the new sequel, Harada responded with a rather technical explanation.

According to Harada, every single character in Tekken 8, and indeed the entire Tekken series, is 30 years old. Why, you ask? Well, it's because the series itself is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and apparently, the characters are aging right along with it. So, until further notice, we must accept this as canon. It's quite amusing to see how some characters have aged much better than others.

One brave fan innocently asked, "Can you tell us how old all the characters are? They don't have their ages on their bios, and I want to know how old Reina is, for example." While the fan received some playful teasing from others for specifically inquiring about Reina's age, they also received a response from Harada himself. However, he didn't shed any light on the matter either, leaving us in the dark.

Well, we can't argue with Harada's logic, can we?

Nevertheless, fans are having a blast with this tidbit of information, taking it at face value. So, according to the lore, Heihachi is now 30 years old. Poor guy has been through a lot. And let's not forget that some characters definitely need to spill their secrets about their skincare routines because they are looking fabulous.

But Harada isn't just using his platform to playfully mess with fans. He recently revealed that the development team is aware of the cheaters infesting the ranked leaderboard. These cheaters have been boosting their way to the top with fixed matches. Harada emphasized that they are currently dealing with the issue, diligently reviewing the top players' records and removing any achievements that were obtained illegitimately. It remains to be seen if Bandai Namco can stay on top of this problem, as boosting has been a known form of cheating in the series. However, it's comforting to know that the team is aware and taking action.

Tekken 8 has already hit the shelves, launching on January 27 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. So, grab your controllers and prepare for some exhilarating battles with the ageless warriors of Tekken. Just remember, they may be 30, but their fighting skills are timeless.

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