Katsuhiro Harada pushes back against claims Tekken is racist

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Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada directly commented on a post criticizing Tekken and Bandai Namco for a perceived lack of Black representation.

The original post criticizes that fighter Eddy Gordo hasn’t been revealed for the upcoming game Tekken 8 but goes even further by claiming that the game’s publisher itself is racist for not doing so yet.

Rather than letting the accusation go unanswered, Harada responded personally and pointed out that there are multiple prominent Black characters in Tekken. Harada also provides an anecdote regarding his own experience with representation as a Japanese man.

This isn’t the first time that Harada has personally addressed criticisms regarding Tekken and the video game industry at large. Most recently he responded to French politician Emmanuel Macron who blamed video games for growing violent tendencies among people, Harada claimed that video games were being used by politicians to “escape the burden of responsibility”.

Tekken 8 is set to launch on January 26th, 2024 for Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5.



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