The excitement is palpable as Bandai Namco steadily unveils the roster for Tekken 8. Following a flurry of character announcements at Gamescom 2023, the highly-anticipated title adds another familiar face to its ranks.
Feng Wei Returns: God Fist Style Reignites the Fray
Feng Wei, renowned for his mastery of the God Fist Style and first introduced in Tekken 5, stands as the 25th playable fighter to grace the roster. While many beloved characters from previous entries like Xiaoyu, Hwoarang, and Marshall Law make a comeback, Tekken 8 also presents updated versions of fan favorites like Jack-8, fresh faces like newcomer Azucena, and the long-awaited return of Jun Kazama after over a decade.
Closed Beta Unveiled: Mark Your Calendar
Exciting news for Tekken fans! The closed beta is officially scheduled to take place from October 20 to 23, 2023, and it’s available for PS5, Xbox X|S, and PC owners. Registration is open now and will continue until October 11. Participants can expect to explore two distinct play areas within the all-new Tekken Fight Lounge, featuring 19 playable characters and six dynamic stages, including the captivating Ortiz Farm, previously absent from the Closed Network Test.
Dive into the Action: Tekken Fight Lounge Zones
- Battle Area: Where Legends Clash The Battle Area serves as the battleground for Ranked matches and Quick matches, ensuring fierce competition and unforgettable showdowns.
- Customization Shop: Tailor Your Experience Personalize various UI elements like title plates, player info, and the the Magic Mirror at the Customisation Shop. Customize your experience in the lounge and carry it over to Arcade Quest, Tekken 8’s single-player mode that lets you create and control your own chibi character in a small arcade setting.
More Modes, More Fun: Group Match and Super Ghost Battle
Tekken 8 offers even more ways to enjoy the game with two additional modes.
- Group Match: Join Forces or Compete Group Match lets players challenge others in the same group of cabinets in the Tekken Fight Lounge. Team up or go head-to-head for ultimate glory.
- Super Ghost Battle: Challenge the Spirits Engage in battles against AI-controlled Ghosts that have evolved to mimic “real player-like” movements. Test your skills and adapt to the ever-changing challenge.
Quality-of-Life Enhancements Await
This session of Tekken 8 comes with several quality-of-life improvements based on feedback from the Closed Network Test. These enhancements include more effective adjustments to the Heat System, expanded functionality for Special Styles, revised effect saturation, and much more.
Release Date Confirmed: January 26, 2024
Prepare yourselves for an epic showdown! Tekken 8, promising exhilarating gameplay tailored for both seasoned veterans and newcomers to the franchise, is set to launch on January 26, 2024. Unlike its predecessors, this installment will not feature any guest characters.
Stay tuned for more updates as Tekken 8’s next Closed Beta phase commences on October 20th, 2023.