2023 has been a good year for fighting games thus far. It’s hard to knock Street Fighter 6 and Mortal Kombat 1, both fantastic games as they are. However, for some there’s another fighting franchise that remains king of the ring. We’re not talking about Dead or Alive here. It’s time for Tekken to return. And ahead of the game’s 2024 launch date, Tekken 8 will soon benefit from a second closed beta test.
The first Tekken 8 closed beta took place this summer, and wasn’t light on content. Online Ranked matches with cross-platform matchmaking played out across five stages, with 16 playable characters. Now, Bandai Namco is giving players another chance to experience the sequel. A Closed Beta Test (CBT) for the game will start on 20th October 2023. It will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC, with registrations open now at https://beta.bandainamcoent.eu/cb/tekken-8-closed-beta-test.
Tekken 8 Closed Beta 2 – Welcome to the Lounge
The second Tekken 8 CBT will once again let players test online head-to-head competitive play with cross-platform matching. They will also be able to test the TEKKEN Fight Lounge, an immersive lobby where players can interact with one another and access new features and game modes. In the lounge, players can create custom Avatars, communicate with other players via chat and emotes, set up matchmaking, and experience the deep customisation and variety of game modes via four distinct areas called Battle Area, Customisation Shop, TEKKEN DOJO, and Beach Area.
The lounge will also feature the return of Tekken Ball, the beloved mini game that first appeared in Tekken 3 where epic battles are “fought” on a beach volleyball court. The Tekken 8 CBT will let testers try out features in the Battle Area and Customisation Shop, while Tekken Ball will not be available.
The second CBT will have more characters, up from 16 to 19. Jin, Kazuya, Jun, Paul, Law, King, Lars, Jack-8, Xiaoyu, Nina, Leroy, Lili, Asuka, Hwoarang, Bryan, Claudio are coming back to this beta test, while Azucena, Raven, and the newly announced Feng will join the playable roster. There will also be a variety of environments, including Urban Square (Evening), Yakushima, Rebel Hangar, Sanctum, Arena, and Ortiz Farm, a new stage that has been added since the Closed Network Test.
Access the CBT
There is no required subscription to Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus to participate. Also, players who were part of the game’s Closed Network Tests in June 2023 and downloaded the build will be able to play the upcoming Closed Beta Test after an update.
Beta test dates and additional details are as follows:
- 11th October at 08:00 a.m. BST – Registration ends.
- 18th October at 08:00 a.m. BST – Selected testers will be notified and provided codes to redeem.
- 20th October at 09:00 a.m. BST – Closed Beta Testing starts.
- 21st October from 09:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. BST – Closed Beta Test downtime for server maintenance.
- 23rd October at 09:00 a.m. BST – Closed Beta Testing ends.
For more information on the Tekken 8 Closed Beta Test including FAQ and required PC specs, please visit https://beta.bandainamcoent.eu/cb/tekken-8-closed-beta-test.
Tekken 8 is scheduled for launch on 26th January 2024. The game is coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. Were you part of the original beta test? Are you coming back for more? Let us know in the comments below!