Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray made their way to the stage during the Tekken World Tour 2022 Finals. They were prepared to reveal a surprise announcement for Tekken fans, as promised.
A second trailer, this one featuring Nina Williams, followed a 35-minute one that detailed a number of the game’s mechanics. This time, she doesn’t wear a wedding dress. Instead, she wears something more casual.
The addition of dual pistols to Nina’s moveset in Tekken 8 is one of the most noticeable changes. If the trailer is any indication, it should be noted that Nina isn’t just using these pistols to zone out her opponents.
Instead, it appears that Nina uses pistol shooting to end or extend combos. These pistols appear to have a decent amount of range, but it has never been shown if they can hit opponents from full screen.
The “Heat” system in Tekken 8 was explained in great detail during the 35-minute trailer that aired before the Nina trailer. Using either a Heat Engager or a Heat Burst, you can change this status. While a Heat Engager is somewhat more rewarding, a Heat Burst is simpler to activate.
When used against an opponent, a Heat Burst gives your character an advantage when hit or blocked. Alternately, an attack-free Heat Burst can be used instead.
There are approximately five different Heat Engagers in a typical character. While the Heat Burst only unlocks one bar of “8 energy,” a Heat Engager only causes a character to enter their Heat status upon being hit.
A Heat Dash or a Heat Smash can use up “8 energy.” A Heat Dash lets a character turn an attack into a dash and cancel it. This requires only one “8 energy” to complete. Using a Heat Smash will use all of the “8 energy” that is available.