When does Tekken’s highly anticipated animated adaptation release?

Tekken: Bloodline was announced on March 19th, receiving immediate attention as the next big video game adaptation to hit Netflix. An animated series set in the Tekken universe, Tekken: Bloodline looks to retell some of the most iconic stories of the Tekken franchise. But when does Tekken: Bloodline release?

Tekken: Bloodline was expected to release on June 10th as part of Netflix’s Geeked Week 2022. The show’s debut was hinted at on May 26th as part of a release about Netflix’s geeky event. However, ultimately the show didn’t debut, and instead we were treated to a preview of the show hosted byTekken director and producer, Katsuhiro Harada.

Tekken Bloodline is supposed to release sometime this year (Image via Netflix)
Tekken Bloodline is supposed to release sometime this year (Image via Netflix)

The show was previewed along side new information about Dota: Dragon’s Blood Book 3, a new Arcane trailer, and Sonic Prime’s debut trailer.

The show itself is likely to release later in 2022, and is expected to release around August, 2022.

What will Tekken: Bloodline be about?

It's theorized that the Tekken: Bloodline story will be inspired by Tekken 3 (Image via Bandai Namco)
It’s theorized that the Tekken: Bloodline story will be inspired by Tekken 3 (Image via Bandai Namco)

From the trailer alone, we work out that Tekken: Bloodline will focus on the story of Jin Kazama. Jin is the son of Jun Kazama, who appears in the trailer, and Kazuya Mishima, who does not.

Jin debuted in the Tekken series in Tekken 3. The Netflix anime is likely to follow the story of that game. For those unfamiliar with that story, and wanting to avoid spoilers, stop reading now!

Tekken 3’s Story

In Tekken 3, Jin is separated from his mother who is seemingly killed by Ogre. Ogre is a monster who is seeking to destroy the Mishima bloodline. Jin is unknowingly a part of the Mishima bloodline. After learning that his father is Kazuya Mishima, he seeks out Heihachi Mishima, his grandfather, who trains him in the Mishima style of Martial Arts.

However, this is a ruse by Heihachi. Jin’s grandfather wanted to use Jin to defeat Ogre, removing the threat to him and the Mishima bloodline. After killing Ogre, Heihachi betrays Jin and attempts to kill him. However, this only serves to bring out the true power of the Mishima bloodline—the devil gene. An enraged Jin attacks and attempts to kill Heihachi. But memories of his mother cause him to spare Heihachi, disappearing into the night.

It’s thought that the animated series will be a much more in-depth telling of this story. But until the release there’s no solid answer either way!

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Michael is a UK-based content creator who caught the esports bug in 2010, but took eight years to figure out he should write about it. Throwing away a promising career in marketing and PR, he now specialises in MOBAs, covering League of Legends, Dota 2, and esports in general since 2019. When not glued to tournaments taking place on the other side of the globe, he spends time nurturing an unhealthy addiction to MMOs and gacha games.