Tekken 8 fans rebel over ‘predatory’ microtransactions and ‘disgusting’ battle pass

Tekken 8 fans rebel over ‘predatory’ microtransactions and ‘disgusting’ battle pass

Fans make their fury known to the Tekken 8 developers (Picture: Bandai Namco)

Bandai Namco has introduced a new battle pass in Tekken 8, on top of purchasable skins and a season pass, and fans have had enough.

Tekken 8 is undoubtedly the best modern entry in the series but it success has come at a price: it was three times as expensive to make compared to 2015’s Tekken 7.

Now publisher Bandai Namco is under fire for adding Fight Pass – a purchasable battle pass – post-launch, on top of the existing season pass and wide range of microtransactions.

It’s clearly meant as a way to make up some of the cost of developing the game, but fans have had enough, calling for ‘push-back’ against the ‘predatory’ microtransactions.

A Reddit post has gathered a union of Tekken fans unimpressed that there are now season passes for new characters, a fight pass to get new items, and a store with paid-for skins.

The post, titled ‘Absolutely disgusting Tekken 8 is doing this’ has 200 comments complaining about the situation and encouraging fans to take a stance against Bandai Namco.

The original poster complained that there shouldn’t be purchasable skins and battle passes in a £70 game, adding that one of the skins – King’s outfit from Tekken 2 – has just been recycled.

‘The push-back needs to be heard loud and clear towards the Tekken team for putting something so predatory inside a AAA fighting game,’ Akumadan said in his post, which has been upvoted almost 700 times.

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‘I’m ashamed that my favourite franchise is preying on and taking advantage of people and what’s in their pockets. It’s utterly disgusting and sickening,’ said B-Will, to which Akumadan replied:

‘This is literally a ‘How to kill your most loyal fan base in a single patch’ tutorial. Whatever comes next with Harada and Bandai Namco, that’s it I’m done, they’re never seeing a cent from me again.’

Others are worried what it could mean for future Bandai Namco games.

‘It really feels like somewhere down the line that they could’ve made this F2P [free-to-play] but we’ve been given the shop, the character season pass, and now a battle pass.

‘It’s proper F2P monetisation in a full on £70 game which isn’t good, and as a fan of Ace Combat [another Bandai Namco game] I’m actually worried how they will handle the next entry from a monetisation standpoint,’ said Razgriz.

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Both Tekken 8 rivals Street Fighter 6 and Mortal Kombat 1 include microtransactions as well, and have also been criticised for them by fans.

Microtransactions have been a part of gaming for a long time now though and are a key way to make titles more profitable, especially those in more niche genres such as fighting games.

However, three additional in-game revenue streams – the skins, season pass, and fight pass – is a lot to ask for in one game.

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