No, Tekken 7’s Lucky Chloe is Not Exclusive to Japan and Europe

By on December 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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Earlier this week, we talked about the negative (and frankly, ridiculous) reactions Bandai Namco Games received after revealing Tekken 7’s Lucky Chloe at a celebration of the series’ twentieth anniversary. We also touched on director Katsuhiro Harada’s reaction to that reaction, which was to state she would be exclusive to Japan and Europe, essentially barring her from the North American release.

Of course, we didn’t spend too much time on that last point because it was very obviously a joke. But now that the story has been picked up by major video game outlets of being as if its an absolute truth, here we are again.

Now, more than ever before, fighting game developers mingle with their core, competitive audience. Where once this kind of support was only a pipedream, we now have major backing at events like the Evolution Championship Series and even tournaments like Capcom Cup and Arc Revolution Cup ran by the companies themselves.

While I would be remiss for not mentioning the draw exclusive characters can be on the casual crowd, we’ve begun to see signs that they are a thing of the past; mostly recently, NetherRealm Studios executive producer Shaun Himmerick mentioned that Mortal Kombat X will not feature platform-exclusive fighters, signalling a shift away from practices seen in the previous title.

It should also be noted that in no prior Tekken titles have Bandai Namco made any characters region-exclusive and have only implemented platform exclusivity in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which featured fighters in the console versions that never appeared in arcades. Doing so now would effectively bar Chloe from ever being used in competitive play, which means no exposure during tournaments streams, exhibitions, tutorials–nothing.

But, besides all that, this entire discussion can be finalized with a single tweet from Michael Murray, a senior game designer at Bandai Namco who frequently acts as Harada’s translator during public events. “It’s amusing how many [people] are [taking] Harada’s trolling about Chloe seriously,” he mentioned on Twitter shortly after word began to spread. “He’s good at getting free publicity.”

So, there you have it! Like her or hate her, Lucky Chloe will be coming to North America. Tell your friends.

Source: Michael Murray

  • Good.

  • Jonathan Alexander

    Who cares about this character just play the better white bitch, Nina.

    • WlNBACK

      You all love the “who cares” or “nobody cares” phrase, especially when you use it towards me.
      People do care and should care, this is garbage. Sheep-ass community.

      • Guest

        And nobody cares about your opinion you whine like a baby another sign that you are a Nintendrone…

      • Nicholas Quin Harris

        If you don’t like her you don’t have to play as her though. Plus Claudio and Katarina don’t look too bad.

      • Xhogar

        I’m a sheep! 😀

      • El Rodrigo

        Kindly stop posting.

        • CookieSoup

          Guys, he’s gonna keep posting as long as he’s provided with reason to do so. I know this might’ve become stale by now, but if people seeking for attention were to be completely ignored they’d probably also stop trying it.

      • Loghorn

        You’re a moron. Period. Stop posting.

    • SakuStar Light

      Thats why lil curb stomps Nina 😀 and Now Chloe gonna bring the hurt to Nina as well so suck that.

  • Anyone who hates her is someone who like to kiss bald and muscular men! #fact

    • Haunter!

      You can’t argue with #fact. #fact

    • Steel Baller

      But who doesn’t want to kiss Sagat?

    • JimJam

      Let’s hope girls are liking that hehe.

    • Rest_in_piss_2pac

      You would rather kiss some underage girl?

    • Guest

      Fact: That hillbilly yankee manface loving WINBACK is still retarded as ever should we send him to the asylum and send him gifts filled with Nintendo games?

    • SakuStar Light

      agreed add

    • SakuStar Light

      MY GOD <_< i came back and read this comment it soo much fucking win…. XD lucky chloe 😀 is epic win

    • Somerandomperson

      Hate from girl gamers is normal, but hate from guy gamers….
      Maybe guys in the West are actually gay and prefer new musculine men playable characters…

  • BabyChooChoo

    My catgirl (or girls drssed as cats. I ain’t picky) harem continues to grow. I am most pleased.

    • Simon Steiner

      But why no real catgirl instead of a half-cat-cosplayer!

      • SakuStar Light

        😀 cause tekken loves they tease XD i like cat girl soooo when can i see lili dress as a bunny girl >_>

  • Martin Christopher Tan

    Haters gonna hate. I don’t like Chloe myself, but I’m not retarded enough to demand that she be removed from the game.

    In fact, I might just use her to spite the haters even more. Their tears will be delicious.

    • Johnny Burnes

      I stated before, I’ll be customizing her as Juliet Starling. It’ll be the first time I’ll get to use the chainsaw accessory.

      • TagAnarchy

        And all because you said that, I prophesize that the chainsaw won’t be here. I have spoken!

        • Johnny Burnes

          BOLLOCKS! Oh well. Back to making her hair teal and Hatsune Miku.

      • LOSEBACK

        All of a sudden Chloe just became the best character if this is possible.

    • JimJam

      She just looks out of place. I don’t care either way. New characters are welcomed.

      • UYG|CrimzonWolf777

        So, you mean to tell me Kuma/Panda, Dr.B, Roger Jr, and Alex weren’t out of place?

      • Ebola-Chan✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        If she was in a serious fighting game then I’d agree with you. However, this is Tekken. Do I need to remind you about Gon?

      • Dan McDermott

        How about the fighting god from space who turns into a bore with a snake hand

    • Brad Chanley

      I hope you like eating EWGFs

    • Dan McDermott

      Oh you too. I was thinking of playing her outta spite too

    • Emezie Okorafor

      Most people who don’t like her actually weren’t “retarded enough to demand that she be removed from the game”. Tactfully put, btw.

      A couple morons tweeted Harada, and he responded to those morons…which of course is what got reported all over the internet. However, most of the people who dislike the character probably expressed their dissatisfaction in the same way that you are expressing your satisfaction…by describing it. Nothing more.

      And, you aren’t going to “spite” haters by playing Chloe. If Chloe is truly the “final straw” (and she could very well be for many folks out there. She was for my friend, who has become more and more disillusioned with the Tekken product over the past decade. Chloe was it for him. He’s been playing since T1), then they simply won’t by that copy of T7 that they might have otherwise purchased…and they won’t know whether you picked her or not.

      • Cype

        Indeed. People can keep bringing up legacy goofy characters like Kuma and Roger and whatnot and trying to say that Lucky Chloe fits right in, but she doesn’t. T5:DR onwards have increasingly made otaku-centric, made-up-fighting-style ^_^ desu character designs that go far beyond a big Terminator bot or a boxing kangaroo. This, along with a stunning lack of core gameplay evolution since T5, and Namco’s continued archaic stubbornness of keeping this game in Japanese/Korean arcades for a year before the console port is about the last straw for me as well and I’ve been playing and bought the series for almost twenty years.

        Fact is, Tekken sales have been declining for a while. None of these designs like Alisa, Lars, and Lili have done anything to change that.

  • MaskedHeroxx

    Coolio. Leave no one out I say

  • Loghorn

    Thank goodness. If they hate the character, then don’t play as her. Simple as that.

  • Aphelion

    Bummer.

  • Haunter!

    I hope Harada adds more silly characters, this one looks like a lot of fun.

    • Ebola-Chan✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Yes! Add a bunch of anime girls!

      • Johnny Burnes

        Iria?

        Formerly spelled Irea for those curious as to what WINBACK was upset about….Your welcome. ;P

        • WlNBACK

          How do you misspell a name that’s on the fucking picture that you just posted?
          I guess that’s a testament to the idiot community that vouches for otaku fetish crap.

          • Johnny Burnes

            Or alcoholism.
            To be fair, I typed the name and searched for the image after and forgot to change it. I haven’t seen the movie in years. Plus…alcoholism.

          • Dan McDermott

            I still can’t get over that wii-fit trainer fetish crap. Get it out

  • El Rodrigo

    Good. To all the haters, I will learn this character and fight you online out of pure spite.

    • Thirties John

      So, your hate is better than their hate? Okay…

      • El Rodrigo

        Sure, let’s go with that.

    • Pooh Hardy

      And we will ban you from our lobbies for being a faggot.

      • El Rodrigo

        Shut the hell up. I don’t care about your worthless opinion.

        • Pooh Hardy

          you obviously do

  • Sentsuizan

    People are taking this way too seriously.

    And half of the whiners don’t even play Tekken!

    • NuclearKangaroo

      when did the politically correct squad need to be involved with the things they denounce, hate and want banned?

  • Cat_Herder

    It was hilarious to see people taking that comment seriously around the internet. Of course it was sarcasm.

  • I’m going to main her, just to piss off the detractors.

  • Ryan Marsh Thunder Fairweather

    Thank god. I would have been pretty disappointed if the whiney babies ruined it for others.

  • Quan Chi

    Who are you all kidding? This game will die quickly anyway. Just like Tekken Revolution lol.

  • Thirties John

    Like any good American, I prefer muscular skinheads like Nina or Xiaoyu.

    • Somerandomperson

      haha

  • Ice

    So that’s what Daft Punk was singing about. http://youtu.be/h5EofwRzit0

  • Rawrgna

    So first the Tekken community goes into a child like temper tantrum because they don’t like a character…and now they show us that they don’t have a sense of humor….GG turkeys.
    As a casual Tekken player, i think she looks pretty damn cool and i don’t see what all the fuss is about. She plays like Lili mixed with Eddy/Christie. I can see that being interesting.

    • Ebola-Chan✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      I absolutely love Tekken(I played 5 and Tag competitively against my friends) and I’ll definitely be getting 7. Not sure if I’ll pre-order it since I’m broke but that’s life. I’m kind of surprised that people didn’t get angry over the narcoleptic vampire and instead only got angry at the peppy cat girl.

      I like them both though, every new character adds something to the game.

      • FreedomKME

        They did cry like spoiled little girls with the vampire girl, but it’s not like Tekken Revolution is a real game.

        • Ebola-Chan✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          I don’t remember them crying about Eliza. Maybe it’s because I didn’t care at all about Revolution. I kind of hope that Eliza is in 7 just to piss off the people complaining about Lucky Chloe. XD

    • dale dx

      I did some very easy detective work and realized it’s not the “Tekken community” that went into a temper tantrum, but the “casual” Tekken fans, if that. All of the serious Tekken players I know are neutral or excited to play as Chloe

      • Death Metal

        To the best of my perception, the people I saw complaining about her are exactly the ones who deem themselves “hardcore”, who “have been playing the game for 20 years now.” And I just find it funny when they say that “this is it for me,” as if people were going to miss them if they stop playing – because of a character, no less. Talk about a sad bunch.

  • JimJam

    He did that to scare the fanboys and it worked. They were insanely quick to change their tune.

  • UYG|CrimzonWolf777

    I’m so weak right now. I love how 99.9% of the American community got baited so hard. Bodied!!

  • Ebola-Chan✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    Saw this on Twitter. Seems like it fits here.

  • kinv

    it should read ” NO TEKKEN 7 LUCKY CHLOE. “

  • Rolan Alcantara

    Yes! I can now beat up people online using Lucky Chloe and get tons of hate mail! Can’t wait!

  • Mozqeetou

    Now a lot of people will use her to piss the “haters”, let’s see tomorrow’s trend regarding this character.

  • bitCrusher

    you’re the best Harada. I’m not a big fan of the new chara, but I love Harada’s reaction to her backlash

    • Tekken Lover

      Yushh! sane here :3 i love harada-san! Lol fan girls well take over the world one day x3 and the new character doesnt look so bad :3 i always wanted a neko character in tekken~ hehe now i can live up to my word ·3· im a neko cake ninja and ill kick who ever ass thats in the way! Heh heh im joking… Maybe not~ Everyone hates her i dont really no why? People said they want something different so thats what harada did for them. But people hate her so much..She looks like a fun happy character in some people might like her. Lol dont they think about other peoples feelings to? like harada ;3 try to be more nicer guys. Harada tryed his best

  • La Lunatica

    But we’re still getting our Vin Diesel character, right?

  • ASlove23

    Can they please give her a better voice actress? Her voice is absolutely terrible. I think giving her an English voice that’s more sassy (like Juliet from Lollipop Chainsaw or maybe even like Lili’s past English voice) would be wayyyyyy better.

  • Sim Kazma

    I’ll never understand why so many theoretically first-rate outlets were running with this story without realizing that it was OBVIOUS sarcasm.

  • handsomejack47

    Well played, Harada.

  • Nicholas Quin Harris

    This is why I like Harada, People are like “WAH Tekken should be this or that, or wah I don’t like this character.” Haradas just like “Shut up.” or “We got this.”

  • luis elicier

    still sucks for usa!!!!! noooooo not this bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • magicalfollower

  • Pooh Hardy

    Move aside bob, i’ve got a new training dummy to practice my combos on

  • CrimsonMoonMist

    That’s a relief,
    to think that we could’ve lost a character from something as insignificant as their looks.

  • lol@u

    I dont really get the outrage either. I mean yes, she’s a TERRIBLE character design, let’s get that out of the way. But I’m not gona demand her to be removed from teh game, I’ll just never use her, lol.

  • luis elicier

    I KEEP SAYING IT HERE IS THE FUCKING BOMB! TEKKEN 7 IS OVER!

    • peter her

      Yo dude easy with the spam there are many reasons why T4 got a bad rap.

  • luis elicier

    REAL FUCKING SIDE STEP THE GOOD OOOHHHH DAYS! HARADA U CAN NEVER MAKE A TEK AT LEAST AS CLOSE OR GOOD AS THIS

  • luis elicier

    ONCE AGAIN EVEN SEEN ON TEKKEN 4!!!! THEN 5 MAYBE FROM THERE AND UP THE REST OF THE TEK ARE GARBAGE

  • luis elicier

    IF HARADA PULLS IT OFF MAYBE IN THE NEXT TEK THEN ILL BE LIKE YOU WIN! LOL

  • luis elicier

    I SEE YOU HARADA…WE SEE YOU THEY SEE YOU….OTHERS CAN TOO…HINT NEXT TIME WORK ON THE SMALLEST DETAILS….IT WILL STAND OUT MORE THEN THE BIG THINGS

  • luis elicier

    WAIT TILL VIRTUAL FIGHTERS NEXT GEN HITS HAHAH ….EVEN THIS APRIL FOOLS JOKES SEEMS TO BE SO ON POINT BY SEGA THEM SELF CHECK OUT THE STREET FIGHTER STANDS EVEN THIS IS BETTER THEN WHAT HARADA HAS PLAN OUT WITH TEK VS SF….YA SHOULD CHECK IT OUT YOUTUBE!

  • Tiberian_Fiend

    The only people upset about losing this irritating character are Japfags.

  • jelaninoel

    Good! in going to main her and upset everyone that didn’t want her in the game. Everyone should do that

  • Rawindra

    *V sign*

  • jorel

    yesssssss i’m glad that she is coming to the USA and for these who don’t like it, you have the option not to play it. #dealwithit

  • Nameless App 1989

    Does anybody know if there’s gonna be a Vita version of T7?

  • Sir AF

    Surely there will be a lot of people using her as main just to piss off haters. It’s not even a game anymore. It’s like a war between haters type of people and non-haters-who-like-to-piss-off-haters type of people.

  • luis elicier

    NOTHING NEW ABOUT THIS CHAR…NAMCO I LEFT A PIC 4 U…WAIT DONT FOR GET HARADA TOO

  • SakuStar Light

    goood

  • qwertls

    Yeah, whatever, but are they gonna fix the hairclipping? Her pigtails kept clipping in and out of her body the entire trailer, which was super distracting and off putting.

  • El Diablo Blanco

    i don’t want japanese fetishes in my game

  • john karamanolis

    well thats good news to hear..i rly cant care less if u like or hate lucky chloe..the only thing i can tell is this…lucky chloe is the first pick to any lucky one who plays tekken 7 right now at arcades..cant tell that veteran characters r not as epic as ever but i rly dont see them as much as i see chloe in tekken 7 arcades..guess that argument make her the most popular of the new characters of tekken 😉