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Tekken 8 Closed Trial Will be a Local Alpha Test

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According to Tekken Series Director Katsuhiro Harada, a Tekken 8 Closed Trial will take place during the EVO Japan Tekken 7 competition. Players who register to join EVO Japan and play Tekken 7 will be authorized to participate in the Tekken 8 local alpha. There they’ll experience of the game’s updated mechanics and fighters like Jun Kazama and Nina Williams.

Harada made the announcement as he greeted the Tekken community following the Tekken World Tour 2022 Grand Finals held Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

After a fan requested clarification on what Harada meant by the Tekken 8 closed trial, Harada explained that the test would be a “closed alpha test” using local play. It will be held within the venue for EVO Japan’s final region competition. The Tekken team is doing this because it needs to use an ideal test environment and ensure playability and control over the player profiles participating. As for online tests or builds that can be redeemed via store code, those would be arranged during the “beta” phase of development.

In game development lingo, “alpha” is typically used to refer to a game that has had all its major features implemented, such as gameplay systems and modes. Smaller features, revisions, cuts, and adjustments are still pending, and not all assets (such as art and models) are complete. Games in beta stage have their assets and features completed, and enter rigorous testing to reveal bugs, exploits, and performance issues. Many games release beta builds to segments of the playerbase or general public to gather feedback, metrics, and other data that takes advantage of the large mass of available players.

Tekken 8 is in development for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC via Steam. It has not release window as of yet. The Tekken 8 closed trial, aka local alpha test, will take place at EVO Japan, which runs from March 31, 2023 to April 2, 2023.

Josh Tolentino
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