Tekken 8 players to receive pre-release ban for playing illegal beta

Ethan Dean
Tekken 8 CNT CrackedBandai Namco

Tekken 8’s Closed Network Test (CNT) just finished but some creative coders have circumvented the timeout. Bandai Namco responded by threatening tournament bans for anyone using the illegal software.

Tekken 8 feels lightyears away with no official release date for the game just yet. Despite that, fans of the peerless fighting franchise were recently treated to the CNT.

Reactions to the CNT were generally positive with some players claiming that the game played so well, Tekken 7 was ruined for them. A few others sent shots at the development team over connection issues, one of which got soundly cooked by the game’s Director.

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The hype around this stress test for Tekken 8 was eventually capitalized on by a few people who managed to craft a working copy outside of Bandai Namco’s network. The publisher responded via their Esports Twitter profile denouncing the bootleg as illegal and promising bans for tournament players hoping to get a competitive edge.

The CNT was a PC-only preview allowing players to get their first taste of Tekken 8. Unfortunately, being on PC meant that savvy participants could copy the test client’s files and build a working version separate from Bandai Namco’s timed stress test.

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This means that if players were so inclined, they could use third-party software to play the version of the game from the CNT well ahead of release. This causes potential issues with the competitive integrity of Tekken 8 as Bandai Namco addressed.

“Such actions breach the terms of service and the Tekken World Tour code of conduct,” Bandai Namco explained. “Please note that any player found to have accessed the CNT without authorization may be deemed ineligible for the upcoming Tekken World Tour and any other official tournaments.”

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Fans in the comments replying to Bandai Namco were split with some criticizing the unfairness of any early access. Others complained that people had ruined the spirit of the game by creating a mechanism to cheat.

Tekken 8 Jin Kazama and Kazuya MishimaBandai Namco
Testers have said that Tekken 8’s speed and animations make Tekken 7 feel “sluggish” by comparison.

A similar situation arose with Street Fighter 6’s open beta which also had third-party duplicates made. Capcom responded similarly by banning users of the cracked beta version from tournaments.

For those of you that didn’t get a chance to play the CNT and don’t feel like risking a ban, Dexerto has a collection of guides for Tekken 8’s new features.

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Ethan Dean is a Staff Writer on the Australian Dexerto team. He graduated from RMIT with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and has been freelance writing in the gaming space ever since. His favorite game is the third-person, open world flavor of the month and when he doesn't have a controller in his hands, there's a paintbrush in them. He's a self-described Warhammer nerd and a casual DnD player too. You can contact Ethan at ethan.dean@dexerto.com