Bandai Namco confirms Hwoarang is making his return as a playable fighter in the upcoming release of Tekken 8. Hwoarang is a Taekwondo student of Baek Doo San and Jin Kazama’s rival throughout the Tekken series.
Hwoarang is short tempered, but he seems to have matured by the beginning of Tekken 8. The returning character features a new design for Tekken 8, but he’s still very quick on his feet. As shown in the latest trailer, Hwoarang rides into and out of battle on his motorcycle. He will most likely play a role in the main story, which involves an inevitable clash between Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama.
Currently, the roster of Tekken 8 includes Kazuya Mishima, Lars Alexandersson, Jun Kazama, Jin Kazama, King, Nina Williams, Paul Phoenix, Marshall Law, Ling Xiaoyu, Leroy Smith, Asuka Kazama, Lili, and Hwoarang. Moreover, Tekken 8’s character roster has access to the new Heat System, which triggers powerful attacks and enhancements for certain abilities. Tekken 8 features cross-play and rollback netcode according to producer Katsuhiro Harada.
Check out the new character trailer for Hwoarang below, via Bandai Namco:
Tekken 8 – Hwoarang Reveal & Gameplay Trailer
Before the launch of Tekken 8, Tekken World Tour 2023 will be the final major tournament series for Tekken 7. Tekken World Tour 2023 is regarded as the “fully offline finale” of Tekken 7. The international offline tournament series comes to multiple events around the world including Combo Breaker, CEO 2023, and EVO 2023. Tekken World Tour 2023 began with EVO Japan 2023, which took place from March 31 to April 2 at the Tokyo Big Sight.
Challenger events are back for Tekken World Tour 2023, bringing community-run events into the spotlight with the opportunity of becoming future Master events. Additionally, Dojo events return, allowing individual tournament organizers to apply as an official offline event. The current Tekken World Tour 2023 event schedule and more details may be read here.
Lastly, Tekken 8 is currently in development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.