The Tekken 8 producer for Bandai Namco confirms that the game will launch with two significant additions to its online infrastructure. Fighting game fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Tekken 8, especially since the previous mainline game’s post-launch support was discontinued last year.
Bandai Namco has been giving fans information about the upcoming fighting game to get them ready for the upcoming conflict in the long-running franchise. Katsuhiro Harada, the series producer, and director, recently provided some additional details regarding its online capabilities.
Many fans are aware of Harada’s propensity for transparency and interaction with his audience. This is demonstrated by the Tekken producer’s Twitter account, where he frequently responds to questions from fans.
He is, however, somewhat infamous for troll fans and has little patience for those who pester him with repetitive questions, much like PlatinumGames figurehead Hideki Kamiya. However, he is open to those who are curious about his games and will respond to sincere inquiries, such as confirming two online features for Tekken 8: crossplay and rollback netcode.
After being questioned on Twitter, Harada confirms that Tekken 8 will support crossplay.
Crossplay is a crucial component of multiplayer games because it enables players to compete against one another on any system they own. He also recalled that he had previously attempted to implement crossplay several times, but each time had been unsuccessful due to the rivalry between the PlayStation and Xbox brands as well as P2P security concerns. The barriers were “quite high,” he adds, adding that the companies didn’t actively support third-party crossplay either.
Rollback net code is the other significant online feature that will be available when Tekken 8 launches. Today’s fighting games depend heavily on their online infrastructure, and rollback netcode can help reduce lag and latency when playing online.
It is now used in many fighting games, including the upcoming Street Fighter 6, Guilty Gear Strive, and King of Fighters 15, to name just a few. In response to a question that was posted after the crossplay tweet, Harada also stated that this feature existed.
Tekken 8 is in development for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.