Tekken 8 Gains Veteran Talentas as Dead or Alive Director, Yohei Shimbori Makes a Comeback
In a significant move within the fighting game community, Yohei Shimbori, the acclaimed director of Dead or Alive 5 and Dead or Alive 6, has confirmed his involvement in the development of the highly anticipated Tekken 8. This news marks a notable crossover of talent between two major franchises in the fighting game genre.
Shimbori, who has been a prominent figure in the gaming industry, particularly with his work at Koei Tecmo's Team Ninja, took to social media to announce his new role. His departure from Koei Tecmo in 2021 had left many wondering about his next venture. This recent revelation ends the speculation, revealing that he has joined Bandai Namco as an assistant director and producer for Tekken 8.
Shimbori expressed that he had initially planned to keep his involvement in Tekken 8 under wraps until the game's release. However, following the leak of this information and subsequent approval from the company, he felt compelled to update his professional profile and share the news publicly. Although details regarding his specific contributions to Tekken 8 remain undisclosed, his track record with the Dead or Alive series suggests a significant potential impact on the development and direction of the new title.
Tekken 8 is one of the most eagerly awaited releases in the fighting game community. Scheduled to launch on January 26, 2024, for Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC, the game is already generating buzz for its cutting-edge graphics and gameplay innovations. With Shimbori's addition to the team, fans should anticipate a fresh perspective that could enhance the game's appeal.