You’ll have your first chance to play Tekken 8 next month, as Bandai Namco has opened registrations for the first closed beta network test.
Although the network test will first open exclusively on PlayStation 5 for one week, it will then also be available on Xbox and PC if you register before June 27.
After appearing in the Steam database at the end of May, Bandai Namco has now confirmed that the network test starts on July 21st for PlayStation 5 players and will run from 21:00 BST to 08:00 BST on July 22nd. The second test will then take place on PlayStation 5, Xbox and PC via Steam from July 28th at 9:00am BST until July 21st at 8:00am BST. PlayStation players who participate in the first trial will also get access to the second, giving you twice as much time to fight.
During the trial, you will be able to play through five levels with all 16 currently revealed characters: Jin, Paul, Xiaoyu, Kazuya, Lars, Jack 8, Nina, King, Asuka, Lili, Nina, Leroy, Hwoarang, Law, and Bryan, which Bandai accidentally posted on his European Twitter page a few weeks ago.
However, it is only 15 characters. The latest was revealed in the same trailer as the grid test: Claudio Serafino, returning from his debut in Tekken 7. Claudio is one of the more outsider characters in the Tekken canon, which is impressive considering the bears, demons, and kangaroos he’s Italian an exorcist who fights using his special brand of sorcery.
He’s not the fastest or strongest, but his magic is a great mid-range threat, and his Starburst mechanic in Tekken 7 gave him access to even wilder moves, provided he can continue to deal damage to your opponent. The Network Test trailer only gives us a brief look at Claudio, though, so it’s hard to gauge whether his playstyle has been heavily overhauled the second time he’s in the ring.
You can sign up for the network test through the Bandai Namco website. While you won’t need a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription to play, and the test isn’t limited to any specific region, it’s on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll probably want to get there fast if you want a chance to take Claudio for a spin.
Last month was a big one for fighting games, with the release of Street Fighter 6 and the announcement of Mortal Kombat 1 due out later this year. Just yesterday, the latter had its first major gameplay reveal at Summer Game Fest, confirming that Kenshi and Goro are returning to commit horrific acts of violence against each other.
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