Tekken is a series full of strange characters, and Tekken 7 is no different. The game is set to feature a bear and a weird woman that dresses like a cat named Lucky Chloe, but one of the stranger characters that was meant to be in the game, the boxing kangaroo Roger Jr., has been cut.
According to Katsuhiro Harada, Roger Jr. has been cut from Tekken 7 due to fear of backlash from animal rights activists. Harada pointed to the viral video that released a few months ago of a man punching a kangaroo in the face for putting a headlock on his dog. While some felt as though the man in the video was just doing what was necessary to help his dog, others were outraged that he punched the kangaroo.
“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.”
Tekken‘s boxing kangaroos have been a staple in the franchise since the original Roger debuted in Tekken 2, so some fans may be sad to see the tradition end with Tekken 7. On the bright side, Kuma the bear will still be in the game, so the roster won’t be completely devoid of animal fighters. Harada is still comfortable with Kuma being in the game, by the way, because he thinks that the natural strength of a bear makes it a more appropriate opponent for human beings than a kangaroo, and will therefore generate less attention from animal rights activists.
While Roger Jr. won’t be included in Tekken 7 at launch, perhaps when Harada’s worries about the potential backlash from animal rights groups subsides, he could be added to the game as a DLC character. We already know that Tekken 7 will be getting post-launch characters as part of its season pass, so perhaps fans can get their hands on Roger Jr. at some point after launch.
The lack of Roger Jr. certainly hurts Tekken 7‘s roster, but there are plenty of other characters to be excited about, including new fighters and guest characters like Street Fighter‘s Akuma. Harada has never shied from controversial characters before, though, so one has to wonder if there’s another reason why Roger Jr. isn’t in the lineup.
Tekken 7 will launch on June 2nd for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: VG 24/7