Tekken 8 has a super favorable start on Steam, far surpassing its predecessor Tekken 7

Tekken 8 is off to a solid start on Steam, surpassing its predecessor’s concurrent player count on the platform. Tekken 8 is the eighth main game in the long-running fighting game series, promoted as the final installment in the Mishima family drama. 2023 is an impressive year for the fighting game series with two bright names, Street Fighter 6 and Mortal Kombat 1. Tekken 8 was expected to be the one to extend the above series of achievements, and it seems it did not. Fans are disappointed.


Despite pressure from competitors, Tekken 8 remains one of the most anticipated titles of 2024, with fans excited to see the fateful confrontation between Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima unfold. in Story mode, or transform into characters in the game to freely roam the arena. After launching near the end of January, Tekken 8 quickly became one of the best fighting games that Bandai Namco has ever released on the Steam platform.


SteamDB is a database that provides statistics and other information about games sold on the Steam platform, including the number of concurrent players. SteamDB’s latest chart shows that Tekken 8 reached nearly 50,000 concurrent players on Steam just about an hour after it was released on the platform. When compared with the figure of Tekken 7it was clear that it had given its predecessor “smoke”.​


For reference, Tekken 7’s concurrent player base was just under 19,000, which was around the time the game launched on Steam in June, a difference of over 31,000 players. Tekken 8’s remarkable performance can be attributed to the increased popularity of Tekken over the past few years, coupled with strong marketing from Bandai Namco for the game.

List of fighting games published by Bandai Namco Entertainment on Steam, sorted by highest number of concurrent players: ​

  • Tekken 8 – 49,986 concurrent players​

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ – 44,303 concurrent players​

  • Tekken 7 – 18,966 concurrent players​

  • SoulCalibur 6 – 14,684 concurrent players​

Based on data from SteamDB, Tekken 8’s concurrent players have surpassed other fighting games published by Bandai Namco. While Tekken 8’s numbers did not surpass those of Dark Souls 3 or Tales of Arise, it surpassed the previous milestone set by Dragon Ball FighterZ, peaking at 44,303 players at launch. Additionally, Tekken 8 is currently maintaining its highest level of over 40,000 players after two days of launch.


Tekken 8’s momentum isn’t slowing down as Bandai Namco has announced a Year 1 Season Pass, which will add four new characters to the game. Bandai Namco also confirmed that the game’s first DLC character is Eddy Gordo, a Brazilian boxer who was once very popular with his unique fighting style of capoeira martial arts.​

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