Tekken 8 Network Test lets you play as 16 characters on 5 stages

Bandai Namco’s Tekken 8 Closed Network Test is officially on the way. Following numerous rumours, the fighting game’s first closed network beta is coming to PC and console.

Revealed in a Bandai Namco press release, the upcoming Network Test will allow fans to try out the new fighting game before release.

Starting on the 21st July, 2023, the Tekken 8 Closed Network Test will allow players to compete in online ranked matches against friends and randoms. Furthermore, players will be able to try out a huge roster of characters before release.

When the test becomes available, players will be able to try out the following 16 fighters: Jin, Kazuya, Paul, Law, King, Lars, Jack 8, Xiaoyu, Nina, Leroy, Lili, Asuka, Hwoarang, Bryan and the newly announced Claudio.

Additionally, five fully completed stages will be available to fight on: Urban Square, Yakushima, Rebel Hangar, Sanctum, and Arena.

Tekken fans on PlayStation 5 consoles will be able to play the game before everyone else. The new fighting game’s closed network test will commence in two different phases: first on PS5 and then again on PS5, Xbox Series and PC.

The times for the Tekken 8 Closed Network Test are as follows:

  • Week 1 – PS5: 21st July 09:00 BST to 08:00 BST
  • Week 2 – PS5, Xbox Series, PC: 28th July 09:00 BST to 31st July at 08:00 BST

Tekken 8 doesn’t current have a concrete release date, but the new fighter is expected to release later this year or early 2024.

If you’re interested in signing up for the upcoming Network Test, you can sign up for PS5, Xbox Series and PC here. Not everyone is expected to be able to play the closed beta, so sign up early for a chance to get in.

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