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TEKKEN 8 Closed Beta Test: Everything you need to know

New challengers await – leap back into the fight with the next Closed Beta Test!


The TEKKEN 8 Closed Beta test is coming on October 20, and we have a lot of new changes and information to share!

First – if you missed our previous Closed Network Test article detailing the TEKKEN network test, feel free to catch up by reading here: Tekken 8 - Here is what you're going to play in The Closed Network Test.


You will find a lot of information below about the changes we have brought to the game, but first let’s go over the conditions to apply for your spot in the Closed Beta Test:

  • Each participant is limited to one application for the Closed Beta Test.
  • Those who participated in the July Closed Network Test (CNT) will be able to play in the Closed Beta Test. No new application is required.
  • Transfer, purchase, sell or loan of a Closed Beta Test key, or getting access to a key that is not addressed to yourself is prohibited. If any of these behaviors are discovered, the key will be voided and the offender will be banned.


With that in mind, head over to the registration page and enter the contest to win a key to access the CBT by clicking the link below!


Closed Beta Test


And now, the part you’ve been waiting for – here are the changes brought to TEKKEN 8 since the July Closed Network Test!



    1. Tekken Fight Lounge
    2. Options
    3. Community
    1. 19 Playable Characters
    2. 6 Battle Stages
    1. Heat System
    2. Battle System
    3. Special Style
    4. Visual Effects
    5. Others





  • Direct matching
  • Chat (Lounge, Nearby, Direct) / Emotes
  • Profile / Direct Chat / Friend Request / Rivals / Follow / Block / Report


  • Ranked and group matches
  • Spectating / ghost matches
  • Customization area
  • Avatar / character customization
  • Tekken fight money shop
  • Ranked matches (limited to rank 10)
  • Quick matches
  • Battle tutorial



  • Game Settings: Roll Back Setting / Cross-Platform Setting
  • Graphic Settings:
    • Effect Saturation
    • Resolution / V-Sync / Various graphic quality settings
  • Sound Settings / Avatar Camera Settings / Button Mapping / Player Settings



  • My profile / Recent opponents list / Friend List / Follow / Rival List / Block List





  • Characters added since the CNT: Raven, Azucena, Feng Wei
  • Characters coming back from the last CNT: Jin, Kazuya, Jun, Paul, Law, King, Lars, Jack-8, Xiaoyu, Nina, Leroy, Lili, Asuka, Hwoarang, Bryan, Claudio



  • Added stage since the CNT: Ortiz Farm
  • Stages from the last CNT: Urban Square (Evening), Yakushima, Rebel Hangar, Sanctum, Arena

Basic Operation/System Manual(PDF) / Character Command List(PDF)




Heat System

We have brought some adjustments to the Heat system to make it more versatile when it comes to aggressive tactics.


  • Damage dealt by Heat Bursts (RP+LK or R1 while being in a Heat state) has been adjusted.
  • You can now withstand an upper-middle attack (power crush) with a Heat Burst. 
  • Using Heat Bursts and Heat Dashes together could lead to very long combos – changes were made to reduce these kinds of combos.
  • The amount of recoverable damage granted by the effects during the Heat state has been reduced.
  • The Heat gauge will now tick down when attacks are blocked while in the Heat state.
  • The Heat gauge drain caused by attacks that are enhanced by the Heat state has been increased.


Battle System

In addition to the development of the game that took place after the Closed Network Test, we have made more changes that were brought to light by the community’s feedback.

  • Improved the performance of Power Crushes.
  • Overall performance of reversals and parries have been decreased. The number of techniques that cannot be parried have also been increased.
  • Dashes and back-dashes are now easier to perform.
  • Added restrictions to wall-hit combos.
  • Overall balance adjustment.


Special Style

The Special style has been expanded and adjusted to offer more varied strategies when using it.

Expanded Features

  • The number of "signature moves" executed with □ has been expanded; multiple moves can now be selected and performed when pressing □ in combination with the directional keys (←, ↓, →).
  • In addition to the low attacks that can be performed with 〇, other low attacks and throws can now be performed by pressing 〇 in combination with the directional keys (←, ↓, →).

Balance adjustments

  • Reviewed and changed the techniques that can be performed with 〇, □, △, or × without using the directional keys.


Visual effects

We have heard the feedback of the community regarding battle visibility; the changes made to the visual effects will now give players a wider range of options to play the game as they see fit.


  • Reviewed and adjusted the brightness of effects in general.
  • The shape and range of some effects have been adjusted to improve visibility.
  • Visuals effects visibility should now be significantly reduced when setting them to “low” in the options.



We gathered additional community feedback from the CNT; the following options have been added.

  • It is now possible to assign the the L3 and R3 buttons.
  • You can now select a different preset outfit for your character.


And warriors, step back into the ring and unleash your fighting spirit! This latest trailer reveals new character Feng, ready for a rematch in TEKKEN 8, just in time for the next Closed Beta Test.


How to start TEKKEN 8? Check the Tekken 8 CNT Guide


Tekken 8 Guide





TEKKEN™8 will be available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam


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TEKKEN 8, the brand-new entry in the legendary TEKKEN franchise, brings the fight to the new generation!

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