Tekken’s non-human characters were always a point of controversy, and some of the game’s own community think they shouldn’t be in it. On the other hand, they have their own fanbase.
Bandai Namco’s fighting franchise is getting its ninth installment in the series with the release of Tekken 7, however, this time it won’t feature any non-human fighters. In a recent interview with Siliconera, Producer Katsuhiro Harada explained the studio’s decision to remove them, since they split the community instead of uniting them.
“It’s very difficult. They were part of Tekken and we’ve seen when they’re not there we have a lot of fans who say those characters are what made Tekken interesting we want to see them again. But, if we do introduce them, we get another side of the community who says, “What’s your problem? Why are you putting animals into my proper fighting game?” Then the people who got the animal characters are happy and they become quiet, but then the voices saying, “What’s your problem why are these crazy characters in the game?” are left. It’s very hard and it’s something we would like to think in depth about.”
Tekken 7 releases on PS4, Xbox One and PC early next year. Were you one of those who enjoyed playing with Kuma or even Roger Jr?