The head of the Tekken series, Katushiro Harada, has received the Honorary Award of the BIG Conference 2023 at Bilbao for his contribution to the history of video games. He will obtain the Honorary Award this evening at the Titanium Awards gala.
Harada “believes that fighting games will increasingly focus on giving their characters a story and a background,” though he also believes that “one of the genre’s pillars remains the maneuverability of those characters and the ability to help players achieve a satisfying experience.”
Alongside this announcement, Harada spoke to the director of the event, Antonio Santo, where he said the following while reflecting on his childhood and time in the industry. Some notes from Bilbao are provided for context.
“As a child, when I was studying, we didn’t have consoles at home, so we had to sneak into the arcades. People in charge of the parents’ associations were on the lookout to see who was sneaking into the arcades. When they caught us, they made us apologize in front of the school principal and all our classmates the next day. That’s when I became interested in video games: I wanted to work at a place that didn’t punish me for playing video games.”
“There is always a winner and a loser, and both have to accept the outcome…This way, if your team wins, it’s because of you, and if they lose, it’s because of your teammates,” he joked.
For [Harada], fighting games were not created with competitive formats or expert player niches in mind.
“Skiing at the time was not a sport. It was just people sliding down a slope. Therein lies the key: we don’t make games for just one type of player but for any player, whatever their level, to experience the satisfaction of winning or losing.
Tekken 8 is the latest installment in the legendary fighting game franchise developed by Bandai Namco. The game continues the saga of the Mishima family’s history and the ongoing battle for supremacy within the Iron Fist Tournament. Players must enter the arena once again and choose the fighter they believe will best this tournament. With a growing roster of fighters, there’s plenty to look forward to.
The gameplay in Tekken 8 has been refined, offering a blend of accessibility for newcomers and depth for seasoned veterans. The developers are focused on bringing new features and improved graphics to enhance the experience for all who play. Whether fighting through the single-player campaign or challenging friends through multiplayer matches, Tekken 8 is looking like a great contender to be a quality fighter.
Tekken 8 will launch for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on January 26, 2024.
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