Animal Activists Prompt Game Developer to Cut Boxing Kangaroo from 'Tekken 7'
30 April, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Alicia Barber
"It seems that in the last few years there's a lot more animal activists - even though they probably wouldn't play our game they would still hear about that, about a kangaroo in our game being punched, and would complain about it", Harada added.
It has been confirmed by producer Katsuhiro Harada that Roger the Boxing Kangaroo from the Tekken series will not feature in Tekken 7. In terms of going out of their way for a Nintendo platform it's obvious that Bandai Namco felt kind of burned by Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on the Wii U, so these comments, whether they're true or not, indicate that they don't really want to jump into the platform with a fighting franchise just yet.
The activists apparently didn't like seeing a man punch a kangaroo for this. These people "would complain about it", so Roger was left out.
Harada hasn't explicitly stated the details of Roger Jr's scrapping, but it does have something to do with that viral video which surfaced on the web earlier this year. "It turned into a big problem", says Harada. Because bear's are "obviously stronger than a human being". None of these animal rights activists complained about it then.
Harada clarified on Twitter that PETA, which has blasted video games in the past, did not come to Bandai Namco with concerns.
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