During the Tekken 8 Evo showcase, the 32nd character was revealed to be Reina (timestamp 3:59:39) and the character is an “enigmatic Mishima Polytechnical School student,” according to Bandai Namco’s description of the character.

Key Highlights
  • Tekken 8’s final character for the initial roster is Reina.
  • She is one of Mishima Polytechnical School’s student alongside Jin and Xiaoyu.
  • Her design was made by Bayonetta artist Mari Shimazaki.

As shown in the trailer, Reina uses Mishima-style and Taido karate while unleashing purple lightning with her attacks. Interestingly, she is aware of both Jin and Kazuya but neither of them are aware of who she is. She’s also wants to fight Jin and calls him “senpai” meaning senior in Japanese.

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Furthermore, it was revealed that the character was designed by the renowned character designer of Bayonetta, Mari Shimazaki (timestamp 4:04:09). In addition, one of Reina’s key concept is “Duality.” Notably, Shimazaki also designed Josie for Tekken 7.

Reina's concept art for Tekken 8
Reina’s concept art for Tekken 8

Additionally, the developers also showcased unique concept arts for Zafina (timestamp 3:37:43), Lee Chaolan (timestamp 3:40:12), Alisa Bosconovich (timestamp 3:42:25), Devil Jin (timestamp 3:44:50), and Victor Chevalier (timestamp 3:51:30).

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Tekken 8 will be released on January 26, 2023, for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. The game uses the power of Unreal Engine 5 and overhauls the overall fighting mechanics from its predecessor. If you’re someone who can’t wait to get their hands on this game, how about trying out some of the previous entries in the franchise that’ll definitely give you a blast from the past.

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