Roger Jr Removed from Tekken 7 Western Release Because of “Animal Activists”

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I wish I was making this up – a character is being removed from the western release of Tekken 7, and the reasoning is probably more insane than you’d imagine.

The kangaroo fighter Roger Jr won’t be included in the game’s western release, due to the outcry of “animal activists,” according to series producer Katsuhiro Harada. The producer confirmed the unfortunate news in a statement to VG24/7.

“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. 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.”

Despite the fact that professional victims are preventing the digital character Roger Jr from appearing in the game, the literal fighting bear Kuma will be in the game. This also doesn’t include Roger Jr’s father, Roger, who has been a mainstay in the series since its second release – back in 1996.

Harada said that Kuma staying in the game comes from him being “obviously stronger than a human being.” I’m not sure Harada is aware, but kangaroos tend to be a lot more jacked than your average human being. I think it’s because they eat a lot less cake and tend to be a lot less sedentary.

It remains unclear if this is the work of angry PETA-members, Twitter-goers, or what have you. At this point you can look anywhere and find someone getting angry over polygons that offend their well-being.

A similar debacle came about following the reveal of Lucky Chloe, who supposedly angered fans – Harada later clarified he was simply joking and she would still make a worldwide debut. Coming from this, Harada regularly trolls even his own fanbase, so we’ll keep you guys posted.

Tekken 7 is launching across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 2nd.

Editor’s Note: Featured image is Roger Jr from Tekken 6

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  • Mr0303

    I sincerely hope that this is Harada trolling. If not, Bamco should really grow some balls. Don’t make me cancel my preorder and get the Asia version.

  • Just Some Guy

    Wait, so is Roger in the Japanese version? If so, I’ll just import.

  • BioDevil_Dom

    That last bit in the article is very true. Sad cause this stuff doesn’t harm anyone but people want to complain over some pixels rather than talk about something that actually matters in the industry.

  • crazyhunter

    I guess that means the servers will be separate then

  • NukeA6

    So is this gonna be like when Lucky was said to be banned from all versions of the game outside of Japan? I don’t believe Roger Jr. is getting cut.

  • Zaelle

    Another example of wussy devs/publishers. Also another example of why I don’t support these knobs anymore.

  • DrearierSpider

    “They probably wouldn’t play our game”

    Then what’s the fucking problem?!

  • Just Some Guy

    That’s what I’m wondering. You can’t just ban a character from one region in a game like this. It sounds like a joke.

  • As based as Harada is, seems like Bandai-Namco still has the final say in a lot of things.
    Terribly sad. Wish Bandai-Namco would grow a fucking spine.

    On the flip side, if Harada IS just fucking with everyone, then we’ll all have a nice chuckle about this later on i imagine.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    PLEASE JUST BE HIM TROLLING! If not, this is fucking retarded!

  • Mr0303

    If this turns out to be true I’ll find a substitute Australian animal to punch just to spite PETA:

    https://s27.postimg.org/9yry6tn8z/c0_XW6_YB.gifhttps://s27.postimg.org/9yry6tn8z/c0_XW6_YB.gif

  • Just Some Guy

    I bet people are bombarding his twitter this very moment.

  • SevTheBear
  • Dom The Elegy

    New plan, we genetically engineer a kangaroo to be able to learn boxing and then let it beat the everloving shit out of these “animal activists”. I mean these fuckers are not even protecting animals, they’re protecting pixels. In a video game. That’s fiction. How do these people /not/ understand that difference? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/69275db799b8c4bb4cc678ad944261a7cc4265c44671208273d7fa73fbb123b6.jpg

  • doog

    Too funny, Harada is obviously just bullshitting us again.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    As Trump would say.

    “Sad.”

  • Tubsiwub

    lmao, this is just sad.

  • OldPalpy

    Now where could my pipe be?

  • sAy_YaS

    This company has no spine.

  • Joe

    Sorry, I call complete BS on this whole story.

    Harada loves to troll from time to time… here he’s fishing for controversy to drum up marketing coverage in advance of the game’s launch, and sites like this one have fallen for it hook, line and sinker.

    No animal activists cared about this in the past, and they won’t care about it now. Unlike certain notorious feminists, the majority of animal rights people are reasonable and know the difference between virtual reality and real reality.

    They have their hands full trying to stop horrific abuse in the real world. They don’t care about a videogame kangaroo or a cartoon Wylie Coyote.

  • Marisa

    I really hope this is just some weird marketing stunt.

    Who cares about what some animal activists think about a videogame?
    Everyone knows PETA is a joke.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Oh you’ve got to be fucking kidding me.

  • cowboyjimmy

    harada needs to grow a pair like square and do whatever they want to

  • SkiNNy741

    he was NOT REMOVED from the western release, he’s not in the game to begin with. roger IS NOT in the asian version of the game. look the character roster up

  • Ryo

    This is dumb and i don’t even play fighting games.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    Take the control of a kangaroo that can kick human’s ass. Animal abuse. WHAAAAAAT!

    What’s next, removing Duck Hunt Duo from Super Smash Bros?

  • What. The. Actual. Fuck.

  • Shiggy Diggy Doo

    Was Roger even in the Japanese release?

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    I know better than to react to his jokes (fool me once shame on you, fool me twice…).

  • NuclearKangaroo

    we totally need more arbitrary censorship in gaming

    arent kangaroos like a pest in Australia or something?

  • Ludi Roar

    Namco must provide the data that made them freak out. Namco, provide the data on these activists and how much do they take up in the Tekken sales.

    Other wise this sounds like a BS excuse.
    CINCINATTI, GORILLA, SHOT.
    INJUSTICE 2. GORILLA, DEADSHOT, BULLETS.
    WHere’s THE *** Outrage there? What is Namco looking at ? WHO SCARED THEM?

  • Ludi Roar

    But does being cut mean it was in development? they can easily get Alexto take his place…

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    From the looks of it, no; he’s just pulling our leg like with Lucky Chloe.

  • Yeah, most likely this is a joke, as no animal activists ever did an outcry over Roger Jr. or Kuma appearing.

  • random

    Are your reading skills fucked or something? He clearly said this was a reaction to what people said about the man punching the kangaroo, not because anyone pressured him.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    We’re getting meme’d right?

  • Taiga Gao

    You would be doing them a favor if we are honest https://youtu.be/5diQgv20ewg

  • artemisthemp

    I was going to buy Tekken 7 for Elizabeth but this makes me reconsider.

  • [Unoriginal Name Here]™

    Don’t make me cancel my preorder Harada. You better be trolling. If not then you lost me with this BS. Namco and Harada need to grow a pair if this is true.

  • Fenrir007

    He is 100% trolling us.

  • Mr0303

    I’m pretty sure he’s trolling, but some animal rights groups are as batshit as the feminists – just look at PETA.

  • Mr0303

    I think so too, but after Bamco turned swords in Dragon Ball into sticks nothing is too stupid to be censored. All I’m saying is that I’m not laughing.

  • Fenrir007

    That is true, but Harada is a shitlord. He’s gonna do us a solid.

  • Mr0303

    Hopefully you’re right. I’ve been more suspicious with Bamco releases recently for obvious reasons and with Tekken 7’s new season pass policy I’m keeping my guard up.

  • Jonbo298

    *checks calendar* Fuck
    “Tekken 7 is launching [on] PC”

    We can fix this.

  • Pillbugable

    Just a heads up, Roger Jr isn’t in any release of the game. It’s not just a Western thing.

  • Bitterbear

    I give PeTA a slight pass because they made the gore version of Cooking Mama:

    http://features.peta.org/cookingmama/

  • computerandy9

    This is such bullshit. From an Aussies point of view the boxing kangaroo is a sporting icon and seeing a kangaroo kick ass is pretty bloody Australian. Also yes Kangaroos are practically a pest in terms of their numbers. Animal rights activists are the worst. Pick your fight. I sincerely hope this is just marketing…

  • Psichaos

    Its pretty obvious Harada is having a giggle. The statement about Kuma makes it pretty obvious.

  • Loli de 42 Anos

    WHAT?!
    ….*reads again*
    WHAT IN THE NAME OF THE FLYING SPAGETTI MONSTER?!-please tell me Harada is being a troll. otherwise Tekken 7 just lost god knows how many sales.

  • Heresy Hammer

    “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.”

    This gave it away that it was a troll.

  • Alex Drake

    Remember everyone. SJW’s don’t ruin your video games, right?

  • Carlos Luis Ayala

    Harada is saying sone confusing things that don’t translate well on Twitter are you guys posting fake news?

  • Gaspar

    Sounds like him trolling, I doubt there’s any seriousness in this. Specially considering that, if animal activists had any say on it, they’d probably far sooner prefer the panda bear out of the game rather than just a non-endangered breed of kangaroo.

  • Obbliglol

    That is some top-tier trolling, but damn, there’s a part of me sweating.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    I can’t wait until the day when “nazi activists” can get all negative references to nazis removed from videogames. By that time, all videogames will be blank screens powered by your imagination so as not to upset “activists” whoever they are.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    For some reason, I expected Harada and company to laugh and make a suda51 mockery out of these guys.

  • Madbrainbox

    Most likely.

  • epsilon104
  • Kiryu

    Nope everything’s fine.

  • Richard

    Your imagination upsets me. Turn it off. /s

  • dsadsada

    This is honestly refreshing. At least the outcry is from an external group rather than from someone within the industry.

  • I sincerely wish you are correct on this. I really do.

  • I hope to fucking god this is just a prank.

  • Random Dude

    Somewhat. Aussie eat them too.

  • InfectedAI

    He’s taking a jab at them. Harada likes to take the piss out of the pc/outrage crowd.

  • Zack

    I think that’s exactly what Harada’s doing, though. He trolls from time to time, and I have a feeling he made up this Roger Jr. story for shits and giggles. I’m hoping he did, anyway…

  • Zero Kurapika

    I express my outrage at this blatant pipe abuse.

  • Migi

    This kinda shows the western world is going insane, But i can’t say i’m really all that suprised with these retarded amount of ppl nowadays. We ain’t evolving, We are going back the evolutionary ladder at lightspeed.

  • If this is true then I am not buying the game.

  • Squirrel on crack cocaine.

    God dammit I want to punch a baby Kangaroo in the face!!!!!

  • 2501

    This can’t be real. It can’t be.

    I smell bullshit.

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  • DrearierSpider

    By caving into them like a giant pussy?

  • におに

    On principle I have to say this is incredibly dumb and pointless if true, and censorship is bad.

    On feeling, I have to say would anyone actually care about a boxing Kangroo if not for this controversy surrounding it? Is this, like, someones, “Thing.” Like, “Oh, yeah man, fighting Kangaroos, fucking love them. Can’t even get out of bed in the morning if there is no Boxing Kangroo I can play as.”

    As a creative medium, everything has a right to exist. I wonder who actually has a vested interest in wanting this to exist vs wanting it to exist because of the (probably) manufactured controversy surrounding it.

  • SiliconNooB

    Not buying it now. Fuck you, Namco!

  • mew

    Indeed. This is not a good joke.

  • WMTGCS

    The developer isn’t the publisher, dumbass.

    Dev = people

    Publisher = faceless company

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Its kinda weird considerinf there’s no news on Kuma/Panda being removed…

  • leingod

    Let’s hope this is trolling. I mean, if it’s true, what’s next? remove all women from the game?

  • EinMugenTenshin
  • Nitesco

    As stupid as this sounds (and it’s a special kind of stupid that carries some plausibility), I don’t believe it for a second.

    I agree that the chances that Harada is trolling with this is very likely.

  • Texasmade903

    Trust me he trollin

  • Texasmade903

    He’s. Coming hint I’m hip

  • Texasmade903

    If not him a female kangaroo

  • ProxyDoug

    Yeah, Australia declared war on them once and lost.

  • DrearierSpider

    Ya, fair point. Kinda forgot about that.

  • Michael Richardson

    I’ll be skipping this if this isn’t just a bad joke. Not paying good money for a gimped release.

    That’s OK. I’m sure all of those animal rights retards will buy it when they hear you’re censoring the Western release, right?

  • asdfqwer12345

    whoever wrote this story needs to take 5 extra seconds and confirm some facts. he is not in any version of this game, so he was never “removed” from the western version. But i guess it’s worth it to drum up a shitty story in 5 minutes for a few clicks.

  • TechGuyChris

    This isnt his firsr time dealing with Peta. In the early 2000s, they removed Annas zebra outfit in tekken (tekken 3) because peta complained it promoted the wearing of fur!! Surprisinly though it came back in tekken 6. Speaking of anna, i hope they include her in tk7 or as downloadable content. How do i contact these people

  • Nick Salazar

    That’s a but load of bull-@$!# because one, Roger Jr is one of my favorite characters (2nd behind Alex) and 2nd, that reason is @$!#ing stupid because it’s a video game, it’s not real and Tekken is known for having animal fighters in the game. So this shouldn’t even matter. Plus if they’re getting all pissy about it, are they going to attack other fighters like Mortal Kombat (Reptile & D’vorah), Injustice (Gorilla Grodd & Cheetah), Killer Instinct (Sabrewulf & Riptor), and Marvel vs Capcom (Rocket Raccoon, Amateratsu, Felica, & Son Son) for the exact same reason. I’m sorry for my rage, but it’s @$!#ing retarded. I hope Namco does not take this seriously and remove Roger Jr from the game. I need my boxing marsupial.

  • KT718

    Guys Roger Jr. isn’t even in the Japanese version. Roger Jr isn’t going to be in the western release, but it has nothing to do with animal rights activists.

  • Jack Thompson

    The article badly needs an update. The devs stated clearly, after the controversy had been brought up to them, that PETA and similar like minded people had nothing to do with the decision.

  • AchtungBaby

    And I hope the developers get cancer and die for actually doing this, you just lost a sale fuckheads.

  • Snorlaxation

    Ok. OK
    ONCE AGAIN, this is Japan being weird. They literally create all kinds of pervy shit without ever caring about other countries opinions on it (usually) but something like this??

    It wasn’t even that BIG of an issue! And more importantly, these characters are FIGHTERS who can give as good as they get! I’m not blaming peta or anyone else except the stupid people who made this decision.

  • InfectedAI

    Pretty sure he’s joking like he always is. He also said Lucky Chloe would be taken out of the game and replaced with something Americans like like a huge bald muscle guy.

  • InfectedAI

    First off, Harada is trolling. Secondly, what are you talking about? Square censors and alters things all the time.

  • YourVillain

    Gotta give it to ya…

    An asshole corrected you WHILE insulting you but you focused only on the correction.

    Very mature of you. Dont see that very often.

  • Sean Sharpe

    I can’t help but feel this is trolling bullshit and the character will be in the Western release…. ’cause no one caves to PETA. I mean, even a lot of fucking animal rights activists think they are a joke.

  • James

    I’ve looked into this for a while now and I’ve see NO EVIDENCE that Roger Jr. was in ANY version of Tekken 7. Arcade, Japanese, anything. Alex, the raptor with the same basic moveset as Roger/Roger Jr. is not in Tekken 7, that doesn’t mean he’s “cut”. I think it should be clarified that cut (the character was made for this version of the game and then removed) is different than “not included” (which means the character was never made for this version).

    Considering that Harada is known for saying absurd loads of bull just for laughs, I think more research needs to be done before ANYTHING he says is taken at face value. There are even more tweets from Harada about this subject out there, that add even more confusion to what’s going on. I recommend Nichegamer and other new gaming sites other gamers, because I trust you all to do more work and not hop on moral outrage like places like Kotaku and Polygon. The way this article is phrased it spreads more faux outrage and misinformation, I expect a LOT better from you guys. Please, update this, make it right.