Given that Tekken is primarily a PlayStation franchise on console (since it was in arcades that Namco’s, now Bandai Namco’s IP was first seen), it’s no wonder that the latest in the series will be playable for longer on PlayStation 5.
Bandai Namco has announced that it will run a closed network test for Tekken 8 on PlayStation 5 from July 21 to 24, followed by PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC (Steam) from July 28 to 31. You can sign up for it here. So if you have a Sony current-gen console, you can participate in up to two testing sessions, so you can try Tekken 8 running on Unreal Engine 5 for up to eight days.
“The purpose of the closed network test is to test the network and monitor the gameplay experience of Tekken 8. We aim to obtain feedback on the quality of the network and gameplay. We would greatly appreciate it if all participants could provide feedback through an online survey we plan to email after the closed network test. Your valuable opinions will be used as a reference for adjustments to the battle system,” Bandai Namco explains the use of the closed network test.
Ranked matches will be available up to level 10 during the test, but there will also be cross-platform matchmaking so that the three platforms can compete against each other during the second test. Heat Energy has been removed; the upper limit of the Heat Timer will change depending on when you activate it. The Heat Smash command has been standardized to all playable characters. There will be sixteen during the test. They are Asuka, Bryan, Claudio, Hwoarang, Jack-8, Jin, Jun, Kazuya, King, Lars, Law, Leroy, Lili, Nina, Paul, and Xiaoyu. There are five arenas to fight in: the Arena, Rebel Hangar, Sanctum, Urban Square (evening), and Yakushima. No PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold subscription required.
Tekken 8 still doesn’t have a release date yet, but with this kind of testing going on, it could be released for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC (where it will surely be Denuvo-laden, seeing Tekken 7) in the autumn.