As absurd as it could possibly sound, it’s completely true, Roger Jr. is no longer a part of Tekken 7 due to animal rights protesters complaining. We already have Jun Kazama possibly not making the roster, and now this. In an exclusive interview with VG247, Harada explained exactly why Roger Jr didn’t make the cut, and how we could still expect other animal characters to still make it through.
“There was a video of a man’s dog being headlocked by a kangaroo, and he punched it in the face”, Harada says. “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.” Kuma the bear is still in the game, though, because a bear is “obviously stronger than a human being”.
Honestly, this doesn’t sit well with fans for obvious reasons. For one, it doesn’t make sense that Kuma and Panda would stay on the roster with possibly Alex over Roger Jr. A Kangaroo is much stronger than a human, and therefore shouldn’t have been put in a situation as to cause a scrap with a dog to begin with. Secondly, this is a fictitious character in a video game with extremely unrealistic expectations from fans who love it.
Roger Sr. has been a part of Tekken since Tekken 2. And, although we didn’t see a return of the character until Tekken 5 in the form of Roger Jr., then Tekken Tag Tournament 2, we still shouldn’t see his absence from the series. If we receive Alex, or Gon alongside Kuma and Panda we can definitely call bullshit on this issue that Harada and Namco have brought up. If PETA, or the ASPCA is involved in causing the removal of Roger Jr. it will surely cost serious sales for Tekken 7 over a unnecessary roster cut after 2 years.
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