Some of the Tekken 8 roster has leaked thanks to Cheat Engine

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A closed network test for Tekken 8 was held in July, with an initial run that was exclusively available to Playstation 5 owners followed by a broader test that included players on Steam. Letting PC gamers near Tekken 8 meant that someone fired up Cheat Engine because of course they did, at which point they managed to find a partial roster in the game's files that includes six previously unannounced characters.

Those characters are Alisa, Raven, Shaheen, Steve, Yoshimitsu, and Zafina. By Raven they presumably mean the popular Blade-looking fighter added in Tekken 5, rather than Master Raven, his widely disliked replacement from Tekken 7. 

As a former Yoshimitsu main I'm pleased to see his return, though not surprised. He's been in every mainline Tekken game since the original after all. Obviously this isn't a complete version of the roster as it excludes several other characters whose absence is unlikely, such as Kuma and Panda, as well as Robert "Bob" Richards, whose inclusion has been hinted at in the new Times Square stage.

Which means there's still a chance for Lucky Chloe to be part of the line-up, as well as whichever of your personal favorites hasn't been announced as being part of the Tekken 8 character list so far. They wouldn't include Nina Williams but leave out her sister Anna, would they?

A release date for Tekken 8 has yet to be announced, but we do know it'll have crossplay and rollback netcode, as well as a new battle system

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.