A gameplay video of Tekken 8 was tweeted by Bandai Namco Europe yesterday. The video revealed the character of Bryan Fury. A little later, the tweet was deleted and a senior member of the Bandai Namco team posted an apology on Twitter. So, as it turns out, fans were not supposed to see Bryan Fury, not yet. The twitter handle posted the video by mistake and somewhat ruined the official reveal.
I apologize to the fans who saw that particular thing in not the way @Harada_TEKKEN and I had wanted it to happen. I feel bad for all you guys and also the dev team who gave up weekends to work on it 🙁— Michael Murray (@mykeryu) May 28, 2023
Bryan Fury first appeared in Tekken 3. He’s a cyborg who used to be a detective cop. He’s brutal, merciless, and completely devoid of remorse. The video that wasn’t supposed to come out, shows Fury in his full might – surely something that’ll excite a lot of fans.
There is a lot of hype built around Tekken 8 and a character reveal like this does deserve a little more pomp and excitement. No wonder, Michael Murray of Bandai Namco apologized saying, “I apologize to the fans who saw that particular thing in not the way [director Katsuhiro Harada] and I had wanted it to happen.”
However, producer and director, Katsuhiro Harada was not too keen on hiding his displeasure with the scenario. He tweeted,
“What the xxxx BandaiNamco Euro.
That’s why I warned you years ago not to post on a timer.
I’m going home now thanks! Hahaha”
Both the tweets revealing Bryan Fury and expressing Katsuhiro Harada’s displeasure were expressly deleted but not before the video was shared all over the internet and Harada’s tweet was screenshotted.
The good thing is, this mishap hasn’t taken anything away from the excitement among fans about the game itself. They’re still eager to watch the official presentations, they are still supportive of the efforts the developers are putting into the game, and they were quick to show their empathy towards Bandai Namco.
Afterall, Tekken 8 is coming with some exciting gameplay changes from Tekken 7. The sequel will have cross-play, a feature Harada has been after for a long time. It is going to be a challenging game, comparable to Dark Souls according to the director. He thinks Tekken 8 will feel like a natural evolution of the game and the players are going to dig it.