Bandai has yet to announce when exactly players will be able to get their hands on Tekken 8. Although a new listing appeared on SteamDB for a “Tekken 8 Playtest”. There’s no word yet on exactly what this will be, but seeing it on Steam probably means we’re very close to getting a demo version of Tekken 8.
Again, Bandai Namco hasn’t announced a release date., but the constant release of character trailers definitely lines up with a 2023 release. If they’re aiming for some time in the fall, a summer demo would fit nicely into the usual schedule. Also, with Street Fighter 6 and Mortal Kombat 1 either releasing this summer or having a big presence at Summer Game Fest, it would be a great way to keep Tekken 8 in the minds of fighting game players.
Of course, until Bandai Namco actually says something, we have to take this rumor with a grain of salt. While all indications are that this is legitimate, developers change plans all the time.
When it does, it will be interesting to see which characters Bandai Namco decides to include. Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima seem almost guaranteed as they were the two characters introduced in the announcement trailer. There are currently 13 other characters known to be in the game, including recent additions like Hwoarang and Bryan Fury. They could include the entire party, but the initial test will likely have a more curated roster to keep things a bit simpler for the team, and future tests will add more characters.