When it comes to the Tekken franchise, there is quite a bit of hype built up. We’re gearing up to receive the next major installment, Tekken 8. However, with any big fanbase out there, you’ll have plenty of concern about what the future will hold for the IP. For instance, some concern has been growing over the game potentially featuring Denuvo DRM. Fans have been discussing this DRM online, and that’s when Katsuhiro Harada opted to clear the air and calm fans down.
If you’re unfamiliar with Katsuhiro Harada, this is a game director and producer that works at Bandai Namco Entertainment. In particular, this individual is mainly known for the Tekken franchise, as they have been involved with the franchise since the first installment. Now with Tekken 8 in the works, the director took to Twitter and cleared up some of the confusion. Apparently, there was a copy and paste of an EULA from Tekken 7 for Tekken 8. That indicated that Denuvo DRM would be attached to the game.
However, Katsuhiro Harada confirmed that there are currently no plans to introduce Denuvo or anything else to Tekken 8. The concerns grew due to the fact that so many players have complained about performance issues with Denuvo. It’s often criticized by fans using this DRM, but it’s usually a necessary component to add for developers. With this popular DRM, the developers, along with publishers, can fight back against piracy. But we typically see DRM removed from a video game after it’s been available for several years in the marketplace. For example, Resident Evil Village dropped the Denuvo DRM earlier this year.
Of course, this topic of Denuvo DRM being the reason so many games have taken a hit in terms of performance on PC is something the folks from the DRM are trying to kill off. Last month Denuvo announced that they were looking to provide software to trusted third-party individuals to remove Denuvo from video games to show that the DRM doesn’t actually hurt performance. But we have yet to see results or what third-party individuals were getting access to this software to test games with and without the DRM properly.
As for Tekken 8, we’re still left without a release date. But while we don’t have a release date for the upcoming fight game yet, we do know that the title will launch for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC platforms. In the meantime, you can check out a game trailer for Tekken 8 down below.