Roger, Tekken’s beloved boxing kangaroo, will not appear in the series’ latest entry, producer Katsuhiro Harada has confirmed.
Speaking to VG247, Harada said a recent viral video of a man punching a kangaroo in the face was a big reason for the change in Tekken 7.
“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,” Harada said. “People were complaining about him punching a kangaroo.”
“Animal activists” in 2017 are far different than in the past, and Harada is worried that those with no plans to play the game “would still hear about” such violence.
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To the surprise of TrustedReviews, PETA supposedly has nothing to do with this change. The animal-rights organisation has taken action against videogames in the past, even going as far as creating parody games of Pokemon. Haruda confirmed their lack of involvement on Twitter.
Tekken 7 is set to launch for PS4, Xbox One and PC on June 2. Are you bummed about Roger’s removal? Let us know in the comments.