The first phase of the Tekken 8 Closed Network Test has come and gone, with around 40,000 PS5 players going hands-on with Bandai Namco Games’ latest brawler. And if there’s any concerns you may have about the gameplay side of things, series overlord Katsuhiro Harada has confirmed that there will be plenty of fine-tuning in the run-up to launch.
Tekken 8 includes many advancements to the core gameplay mechanics, including the Heat system, which effectively gives you access to a powered up version of your character for 15 seconds by executing certain moves.
There’s also chip damage, which is where your opponent’s health will be reduced slightly even if they’re blocking. Then there’s the combos, which are greatly extended thanks to the Heat system.
This test was dedicated to network functionality by the game in its bare-bones state. As mentioned in previous tweets, damage, overly long combos, chip damage will be heavily tuned, and the game system in general will undergo various changes before release.
Harada-san previously revealed on Twitter that Tekken 8 will feature plenty of content in regards to single-player modes, noting it’s important to consider the overage value of the package.
[Source – Katsuhiro Harada on Twitter]