Tekken 8 Won’t Feature Denuvo On PC!

PC players who are fans of Tekken 8 can find comfort in the assurance that the game will not incorporate the Denuvo DRM technology. This information originates from Katsuhiro Harada, the Game Director, who clarified through a tweet that the reference to Denuvo in the recent playtest’s End User License Agreement (EULA) was likely a temporary placeholder, akin to Tekken 7’s, and there are no intentions to introduce Denuvo to the upcoming iteration of the fighting game series.

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It would have been rather unusual, to be honest. Tekken 7 stands out as one of the rare games where independent tests confirmed the adverse effects of Denuvo DRM on performance, and even Harada personally acknowledged that it led to slowdowns in the mentioned game.

Denuvo, on the other hand, maintains its assertion that when correctly integrated, its software does not have an adverse effect on game performance. In the previous month, Steeve Huin, COO of Videogames at Irdeto (the company that acquired Denuvo in 2018), disclosed that reputable sources would soon be provided access to nearly identical game versions to assess performance both with and without Denuvo. This initiative aims to persuade PC gamers through impartial evaluations.

Ten months ago, Tekken 8 was revealed at a State of Play presentation. Running on Unreal Engine 5, the game will introduce crossplay among PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series S|X platforms, marking the franchise’s debut in this aspect.

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While an exact release date for Tekken 8 remains elusive, it’s plausible that the game’s launch is drawing near, possibly concluding a trio of remarkable fighting game debuts following Street Fighter VI in June and Mortal Kombat 1 in September.