Bandai Namco is spicing up their main line fighter with the Tekken 8 New Fight Lounge!
This multiplayer lobby offers new features inluding avatars and minigames.
But lets take a look at the Iron Fist online hub and what its features…
Tekken 8 New Fight Lounge What it is
Tekken 8 is set to add new mechanics to the game such as the Heat System and a new way of playing online for Tekken.
Although Tekken has used the same match making system since Tekken Revolotuin where players would serach for both casual and ranked matches via a menu system, Tekken 8 is set to vary this up with an interactive hub known tas the Fight Lounge.
Here players represented by Avatars can walk around this hub and interact with other players and features.
When first entering the lobby, you will be able to create your avatar and customize your look with a pre-selection of clothing and body details.
Once in the lobby, you will be able to visit the customization shop to buy and pieces of clothing with your Fight Money. There will be a wide variety of options to pick from and to make your avatar truly unique!
The fight hub works simillar to SF6’s battle hub and the Dragon Ball Fighter Z hub. It was desinged as a love letter to the days of local Arcade play and is an attempt at bringing back the social aspect that was felt during the time.
But players can still look for matches the old fashioned way. This Fight lounge is an optional system that all gamers should try out.
Fight Lounge Features
When entering the Fight Lounger players are given the option to customize thier own avatar. This avatar can be further customized thhrough earning fight money. Also it can express itself to players by perfoming emotes and interacting with other avatars.
Players can start searching for matches anywhere in the fight Lounge map or they can directly approch players and arcade cabinets and enage in fights from there. While avatars fight with each other you can spectate the match as well.
One new feature is being able to fight player Ghost’s. Coming from Tekken Tag 2 player ghosts are AI fighters that emulate player styles. The feature here is that even if someone is not online or busy you can fight an AI opponent that has simillar querks and techniques. Although not the real thing it gives you an idea of their play style.
This can be used to practice against freinds or even pros.
But most importantly, players can head to the beach to play Tekken Ball. The map itself for thelounge is rather big. We hope Bandai implement a quick teleport system like DBZ fighter Z.
Like Street Fighter’s Battle Hub, players can access older Namco arcade games. We await the Pac Man cabinet eagerly.
Tekken 8 is an upcoming installment in the Tekken series. It is a fighting game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Arika and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was announced on September 13th, 2022, via the PlayStation State of Play.The game will be available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and Steam.