• Tekken 8 producer Katsuhiro Harada had an amusing answer about characters’ ages in Tekken 8, claiming all characters are 30 years old.
  • The humorous claim from Harada references the age of the Tekken franchise as a whole, with the first game releasing in 1994.
  • Tekken 8 has received rave reviews from fans and is considered one of the best games in the franchise, with an impressive story mode and planned DLC characters.

Tekken 8 producer Katsuhiro Harada has a comedic answer for fans asking about the ages of characters in the newly-released fighting game. The newest entry in the long-running franchise debuted late last week to critical acclaim, already serving as a huge success just days after its release. SteamDB listings revealed that Tekken 8‘s launch surpassed Tekken 7‘s peak concurrent player count, with the new fighting game boasting over 50,000 players within an hour of its launch, Now, the franchise’s legendary producer has a humorous answer to a player’s question.

Long-time Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada is known for being very active on his social media accounts, especially on Twitter. Harada has worked with the fighting game franchise since its beginning, initially working as a voice actor before later becoming a director and executive producer. Harada’s active nature on social media has often led to humorous interactions with fans, including his responses to fan requests for characters like Final Fantasy‘s Tifa Lockhart. Now, the Tekken 8 producer has a message for fans about the characters’ ages.


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Tekken 8 director Katsuhiro Harada is responding to heavy fan requests to see Final Fantasy’s Tifa Lockhart added to the game.

When asked about the ages of Tekken 8‘s characters by a fan on Twitter, Katsuhiro Harada had an amusing way to answer the question. Harada responded to the fan by simply stating that all of Tekken 8‘s characters “are 30 years old,” coinciding with the original Tekken‘s launch in 1994. The fan inquiry came as a result of Tekken 8‘s in-game character bios lacking an official age, with one fan asking about franchise newcomer Reina. Tekken has previously released characters’ ages through official character profiles, though no ages have been confirmed in Tekken 8 yet.

Tekken 8 Producer Katsuhiro Harada’s Response About Character Ages

Tekken 8‘s massive popularity comes as the newest entry in the franchise has made plenty of changes to spice up the long-running series. Tekken 8 introduces the Heat system as the game’s newest mechanic, offering new tools for players to extend their combos and deliver heavy damage. Tekken 8 also adds several new characters to the game alongside the previously mentioned Reina, including close quarters specialist Victor Chevalier and mixed martial artist Azucena Milagros Ortiz Castillo.

A screenshot of Tekken 8 character Reina from her reveal trailer.

Tekken 8‘s launch has already seen rave reviews from fans, with many calling it as one of the best games in the Tekken franchise. The game’s “Dark Awakens” story mode has already seen particular praise from fans, offering a compelling fleshed-out story with plenty of rewards for players clearing on any difficulty. Tekken 8 has also already confirmed the first DLC character planned to arrive to the game, with franchise mainstay Eddy Gordo set to debut after being absent from the original roster. Tekken 8 looks to maintain its strong early momentum as a polished and robust entry in one of the most iconic fighting game franchises.

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Tekken 8

Bandai Namco’s Tekken 8 will be the franchise’s debut entry on the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, and the fighting game is built in Unreal Engine 5. The story revolves around Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama’s relationship.

January 26, 2024


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