Katsuhiro Harada on Why Tekken 8 Will Thrive in the Free-to-Play Era
Katsuhiro Harada, the producer of the Bandai Namco-owned fighting franchise Tekken, recently took the time to explain why he believes the upcoming Tekken 8 will be a success in the ever-evolving free-to-play industry. Harada explained that the core of the Tekken franchise, that being the deep and complex battles, will remain intact and be supplemented by a variety of new game modes and features to players who have the game.
Harada has no intention of changing core gameplay, as a strong focus on the traditional aspect that has made Tekken a worldwide success will remain at the heart of the game. To supplement this, he seeks to take advantage of free-to-play mechanics to introduce fresh and innovative experiences to Tekken 8 players while still ensuring no one is sidestepping the core gaming mechanic.
In order to do this, Harada will introduce microtransaction support and a variety of in-game purchases. This will give players access to new cosmetic items, gear, costumes, and characters to give them freedom to play how they want. He has also decided to introduce features like a live battle system to make the experience even more rewarding and engaging.
Harada also believes that introducing free-to-play mechanics to Tekken games will help to grow the game’s fanbase beyond the traditional Tekken faithful. He said that ”With the new model, we believe it can expand the group of people who can experience and enjoy our game”. This has never been done before in the Tekken franchise, so it’s definitely something to look forward to and could help Tekken 8 reach the heights of past entries in the series.
It’s clear that Harada has ambitious plans for Tekken 8 and with his experience and enthusiasm behind it, it looks set to be a great success in the free-to-play era.