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Tekken 8 will be using the Denuvo anti-tamper tech [UPDATE: Or perhaps not]

Bandai Namco has updated the Tekken 8 EULA on Steam, revealing that the game will be using the Denuvo anti-tamper tech. This of course does not surprise us as its predecessor, Tekken 7, also used Denuvo when it launched.

For what it’s worth, I didn’t really experience any issues with Denuvo during the Tekken 8 Closed Network Testing. However, I did experience severe shader compilation stutters. And unfortunately, the Tekken dev team may never address them.

At EVO 2023, Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray confirmed those compilation stutters. And, surprisingly enough, the duo has not mentioned any plans to resolve this issue. Instead, Murray said that at first, PC gamers will get those performance issues and after six matches, the game will become smoother.

Here’s the exact quote from Murray.

“Although the game at first when it’s loading in the first three minutes, we try to warm up the shaders and do those kinds of preparatory things. But sometimes still those like pinpoint slowdowns occur. So you might even notice playing online five or six times it becomes smoother.”

Michael Murray obviously doesn’t have enough tech knowledge, because that’s not exactly what’s happening. In order to get rid of all the shader compilation stutters, you’ll have to play with or against ALL characters, and have them do ALL of their moves. Otherwise, there will be spikes/stutters whenever a player does a new move.

Anyway, since there is no ETA yet on when Tekken 8 will come out, I seriously hope that the Tekken dev team will find a way to fix these shader compilation issues. And let’s hope that Denuvo won’t introduce performance issues similar to those that appeared in Tekken 7 at one time. And lastly, for those wondering, Tekken 7 does no longer have Denuvo as Bandai Namco removed it in October 2021.

Stay tuned for more!

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According to Katsuhiro Harada, the EULA is most likely a copy/paste of the Tekken 7 EULA. Additionally, Harada said that he has no plans to introduce Denuvo to the game!