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Where is Lidia in Tekken 8?

Some fans sure miss the Polish fighter.

Tekken 8 launched with over 30 playable characters in January 2024, but Lidia Sobieska is nowhere to be found.

Lidia, a karateka and the Prime Minister of Poland in the Tekken series, debuted in Tekken 7. Some fans had the expectation to play with Lidia in Tekken 8 right after the game launched. But now, they're unsure if Lidia will ever join the game.

Screenshot of the 32 playable characters in Tekken 8 at the moment (Image via esports.gg)
Screenshot of the 32 playable characters in Tekken 8 at the moment (Image via esports.gg)

Is Lidia a playable character in Tekken 8?

Tekken 8 has an extensive roster of 32 playable characters, but Lidia isn't one of them. While Bandai Namco didn't explain why Lidia wasn't included in the roster at launch, she may arrive in the game later on. After all, Lidia only became playable in Tekken 7 in the Season 4 Pass.

Is Lidia coming to Tekken 8?

Bandai Namco hasn't confirmed or denied that Lidia is coming to Tekken 8. However, dataminer Shootmans found enough indication that Lidia might be one of the four characters arriving via the Season 1 Pass. This is because one of the DLC fighters is a Polish fighter, and Lidia is the only Polish character in Tekken.

When is Lidia coming back? (Image via Bandai Namco Entertainment)
When is Lidia coming back? (Image via Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Lidia's previous appearances in Tekken

Lidia is one of the newest characters in the Tekken series as she wasn't part of the game until Tekken 7's Season 4 Pass. Lidia's official biography says she won her first karate tournament at the age of 18 and is one of the rising political figures in Poland after becoming the Prime Minister when she was 29 years old. The war started by Mishima Zaibatsu is affecting her country and Lidia decided to take matters into her own hands after Heihachi Mishima refused to remove the Tekken Force troops from Poland.

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