Fighting game fans are eagerly awaiting the official release of Tekken 8. With Mortal Kombat 1 and Street Fighter 6 out this year, it is uncertain whether Tekken 8 will launch in 2023. Aside from the Tekken 8 beta which went live last month and the evident excitement of eager players, Bandai Namco has been pretty reserved in the promotional content they’ve put out regarding the release.  The only information we have currently is a few characters available in the base roster, a sense of the new arenas we’ll be fighting in, some new and returning gameplay mechanics, and the platforms on which the game will become available.

Tekken 8 is coming to PS5, Xbox series X|S, and PC. In addition, it has also been confirmed that Tekken 8 will be entirely cross-platform so regardless of which console you and your friends have, you will be able to duke it out in the ring. Also, Tekken 8 will feature a rollback netcode, a huge improvement over Tekken 7’s previous online. This will ensure that Tekken 8 will lead to more stable connections when playing online.

Tekken 8 — What We Know

Tekken 8, Kazuya, Jin

The most recent trailer of Tekken 8 was uploaded in February and showcased a variety of characters some old and some new, including the anticipated return of Jun Kazama and a new fighter, who goes by the name of Azucena. It also showcased some new locations players can expect to fight in.

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More Tekken 8 character reveal trailers and character gameplay can be found on Bandai Namco’s official website and the Bandai Namco YouTube Channel. Many fan-favorite and story-line integral characters such as Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima will return and players are desperate to see which characters have made it into the official roster. However, there are still many characters who have remained unannounced for the title. The Tekken 8 roster currently consists of

  • Jin Kazama
  • Kazuya Mishima
  • .Jun Kazama
  • King
  • Paul Phoenix
  • Nina Williams
  • Ling Xiaoyu
  • Jack-8
  • Marshall Law
  • Leroy Smith
  • Lars Alexandersson
  • Asuka Kazama
  • Emile “Lili” De Rochefort
  • Hwoarang
  • Bryan Fury
  • Claudio Stefano
  • Raven
  • Azucena

Since there was an extensive roster of characters in Tekken 7, we are still waiting to see if the likes of familiar faces will return such as Eddy Gordo, Yoshimitsu, Steve Fox, and Lee Chaolan who remain unannounced for now.

Tekken 8 Gameplay

Tekken 8, Kazuya, Jin

As far as gameplay, Harada stated during an interview with IGN that “the key word to relay the concept for the battle system is aggressiveness.” Fighting games go hand in hand with aggression so expect Tekken 8 to be fast-paced and hard-hitting, with the introduction of new mechanics and the reintroduction of fan favorites. In the same interview, Harada continued to state that “It’s not just important that a game could be fun for the person playing it. It has to look fun to play to captivate and bring in new people.” With that said, the gameplay might be the most technical and most aggressive we have experienced in a Tekken title to date.

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Latest Tekken 8 news

Tekken 8‘s first all-new fighter, Azucena, revealed at EVO 2023

During the Tekken 7 top 6 at EVO 2023, Azucena was announced as Tekken 8’s first all-new fighter. Promising a ‘strong and punchy blend’, Azucena offers an incredibly fast fighting style, and several stances used to dodge any oncoming attacks at quick speed. Alongside the character, a new three-story stage will be added to the current setting roster, set in Peru. 

Tekken 8 Closed Network Test announced for July

A closed network test will be taking place for Tekken 8 starting on July 21. Starring 16 characters, and 5 stages, registration for the event is now open and can be accessed through the Tekken Twitter Page

Heat energy removed from gameplay

Heat energy has been removed from gameplay, and the heat activation time has been confirmed to change depending on how heat is activated. The ‘Heat Smash’ command has also been standardized for all playable characters. 

Claudio Serafino joins Tekken 8’s roster

Bandai Namco has announced that Claudio Serafino will be the next to join the Tekken 8 Roster, which might be a strange addition given we are yet to see traditional characters like Yoshimitsu’s debut. 

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