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Tekken 8's Strategy Against Rage Quitting

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

Tekken 8 is stepping up its game by addressing one of the most frustrating issues in ranked matches: rage quitting. The latest installment in the iconic fighting game series, which launched earlier this year, has been a hit among fans, offering new mechanics, characters, and much more. However, the problem of players exiting matches early to avoid losing rank has persisted, marring the experience for many.

Bandai Namco, the developer behind Tekken 8, has recently announced its intention to tackle this issue head-on. Plans are in place to implement bans for those who deliberately disrupt gameplay by quitting matches prematurely. This decision was shared during the Tekken Talk Live broadcast, where Tekken 8 director Katsuhiro Harada and producer Michael Murray discussed the complexities involved, including navigating legal challenges across different countries.


Despite these hurdles, Harada and Murray are committed to finding a solution that will allow them to proceed with the bans. They emphasized that not all disconnections are due to rage quitting—some may occur because of genuine connection issues. Therefore, the approach to banning will be measured, with players not facing penalties for isolated incidents. The development team is also refining the disconnect rate meter on player profiles to more accurately reflect their behavior.

The broadcast further highlighted the ongoing efforts to enhance Tekken 8 post-launch, revealing new outfits for characters like Jin Kazama and Ling Xiaoyu, inspired by their appearances in previous games. Additionally, the introduction of Eddy Gordo as the first DLC character was showcased, along with plans for story expansions that integrate these fighters into the game's universe.


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