Western versions of Tekken 7 will not be getting Roger Jr.
Welp, there goes Australia’s Tekken representative…
It looks like activists are really trying to “politically correct” anything that they can get their hands on, and while video games haven’t been an exception in this long struggle to prevent animal abuse, whether in real life or within the virtual realms of video games and entertainment, this time, the long-running Fighting Game franchise, Tekken, specifically the new installment, Tekken 7, makes the list as activists moved to remove the character Roger Jr, which is a boxing kangaroo, removed from the game’s western versions.
As to why this happened, Katsuhiro Harada, one of the head honchos of the Tekken series and Executive Producer of Tekken 7, explains to us via VG24/7 that:
There was a video of a man’s dog being headlocked by a kangaroo, and he punched it in the face, It turned into a big problem. People were complaining about him punching a kangaroo. 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.
Now speaking of animals, while Roger Jr. is going to be cut out from the game, the bear Kuma will be staying and this is due to the fact that bears are stronger than humans, not counting Tekken’s logic where a small dinosaur can take on a military class cyborg and the devil himself.
Sad to say, the decision has already been implemented, and unless you travel to Japan and play on their arcades or somehow manage to get a copy of the Japanese version of Tekken 7 working, we may never get the chance to have a Kangaroo square it off against Akuma in Fated Retribution.
Tekken 7 will be coming to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One worldwide on June 2, 2017.