Katsuhiro Harada Reveals Tekken 7’s Saudi Arabian Newcomer Shaheen

By on December 31, 2014 at 7:36 pm
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tekken7-shaheenEarlier this evening, Bandai Namco Games’ Katsuhiro Harada took to Twitter to reveal Shaheen, a brand new Tekken character who is set to make his debut in the series’ upcoming seventh installment.

While very little has been divulged about the character apart from his Saudi heritage, many of you should recognize the character from concept art Harada released back in August to gather feedback. The longtime director mentioned wanting to include a Middle Eastern character in the franchise for some time, but only recently felt he had a strong enough grasp on the culture thanks to multiple trips he took to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to visit their local fighting game communities.

Little appears to have been changed from that original design apart from a toning down of the weaponry adorning his belt, but Shaheen may have received other alterations between then and now that aren’t easily conveyed through artwork alone.

Shaheen will join fellow newcomers Katarina, Claudio, and Lucky Chloe when Tekken 7 launches in arcades early next year.

Source: Katsuhiro Harada via NeoGAF

  • Gpop

    oh now that is a sick character design. Quite the contrast to Lucky Chloe. Can’t wait to see gameplay of this guy.

    • Glenn Vaughn

      He doesn’t look like it but he’s also an idol

    • ReeQo

      sick ?..do u think his design really sick ?..sick ?..really ?..lmao..

    • luggage lad

      Sorry but Chloe’s superior in every way

      • Sam Malik

        They both look good. Though Lucky Chloe looks like that she has been playing too much Idolm@ster, which would make sense considering the fact that Harada has described her as a Japanese culture freak.

        • Gpop

          Also the fact that he’s a huge Iori fan to the point that they put him in one of her cards in one of the IM@S games :V

    • Pooh Hardy

      Lucky chloe is avril lavin…laven…. you know in that hello kitty music video

  • JoanLein

    and the story behind this character is that he was hated by his country just because his pretty face, so now he is back with an ultimate revenge…in other words!!! maybe this is not so MACHO-MAN for the people that want hate lucky chloe but it´s a guy! and he maybe have muscules so, no problem right? for now i´m ready to play with this new guy and of course with lucky chloe.

    • ROFL … my GOOD LOOKS CAN KILL!!! Lol

    • 에밀리 :3

      Too handsome. Good lord.

  • Shikuru

    Still looks like he should be in Assassin’s Creed, not that that’s a bad thing…

  • Joseph K. McCall

    IF the Middle Eastern Fighting Game community is supportive of this, and is giving direction, I don’t see this being a problem.

    However, I can see someone taking this the wrong way… *sigh*

    • Martin Christopher Tan

      Wait ’til you hear about his Unblockable moves using bombs…

      • Joseph K. McCall

        What idiot producer would allow that idea to get past the brain storming stage? lol

        • Trey Roach

          you’d be surprised!!

          • Sam Malik

            In TEKKEN? Think again.

      • Karon Greed Gillespie

        haha love it

      • oussama boujrida

        hhh…people discovering something called unblockables in fighting games….funny

      • americans character using bombs and terrorists drone attacks should be a great idea and it would not be a “lie”

    • Promiscuous Bacon

      as a Middle eastern fighting game fanatic, I love his design and literally can’t wait till I try using him. I’m also curious to see what fighting style he will be using, is it sword-based combat , or hand to hand, we will see.

      • Michael Gedgaudas

        I hope it’s a bit of both!

  • YoooESOPRTS

    I like the design. A bit less Assassin’s Creed than it was. Why didn’t we get this guy at the same time as Chloe? It would have made it seem much less ridiculous.

    • Sam Malik

      Cuz in a day of harmful stereotyoes of Arabs, it’s important to get him right.

      • Joel Anderson

        Can’t wait to see screencaps of this guy vs Alisa……

        • Sam Malik

          You like TEKKEN yet make comments like that…screw logic, eh?

          • Joel Anderson

            I love Tekken. Jokes don’t equal hating a game series, dude.

          • Sam Malik

            No but you missed the point

          • Joel Anderson

            Hey, serious question: would having to fight a woman offend him?

          • Sam Malik

            If the woman clearly shows that she can stand her ground then the fight should have no issues. Knowing how Islam can be, it is peaceful minded but not pacifistic. Should the time come when you should protect yourself, the ones you love and others, and stand your ground, do so or risk getting a broken jaw or worse.

  • Rem Sevreign

    Been waiting for this! Can’t wait to see how Shaheen fights =)

    • Joel Anderson

      I bet he’s got some nice kick combos.

    • ermonski

      Aladeen madaf***!

  • Aphelion

    Design looks boring as hell. Harada’s running out of ideas.

    • ReeQo

      so how about you to suggest Harada to replace him with Korra in Tekken 7 ?..lel..

      • Aphelion

        Korra sucks enough in her own universe, wouldn’t want her in this game. Actually thanks for reminding me that I need to change my profile pic, due to LOK being an abomination and an insult to the avatar franchise. Season 4 was a joke.

        • Guest

          If they make an Earth Avatar series you should demand to give that avatar a plot armor and invincible hero status like the protagonist from buddyfight lol bitch!

    • WlNBACK

      It’s already been done before.
      http://virtuafighter.wikia.com/wiki/Siba

      Namco fucking sucks; hopefully Tekken 7 tanks hard enough that it buries the series to niche status so we don’t even have to talk about it anymore.

      • Guest

        So yankee likes netherrealm nintendrone? back to the mental asylum with you

      • Arkive-UAE

        If it aint the troll who is itching to make fun of my name…… do it, i dare you….

      • Sam Malik

        So a multi cultured franchise cant be multi cultured? Where’s the logic in that?!

    • MrSuicide

      >implying all other fighting games have a modern-looking Arab guy who doesn’t look like a stereotype spawned from the mind of a tasteless American comedian.

  • RaptorFactor

    i wanna see how he plays

  • j95lee

    But where are the flying magic carpet, scimitar, and the genie lamp? Not even a camel?

    And what about his stage – will it be a desert, a middle eastern market place, or a Sultan’s palace with exotic dancers dressed in veil gesturing in the background?

    Maybe he’ll fight in a racing track or some other “non ethnic” location. He won’t be throwing falafels as projectiles. His style might be Taekwondo. Oh, but that’s not how things are done in fighting games, you say.

    • Ra’id Ahmed Ismail

      His name is Shaheen not Aladdin you dingleberry.

      • j95lee

        You thought I was being serious.

    • Sam Malik

      Mild stereotypes dude. Aladdin does not represent the entire culture is specially when it was written centuries ago.

    • Pooh Hardy

      You’re trying too hard bro.

  • MaskedHeroxx

    Yea jus a assassin creed guy… No thx

    • Sam Malik

      very first Assassin’s Creed took place in Arabia. this guy is pretty close to the culture there

      • MaskedHeroxx

        You a potato I say potato -__-

      • MaskedHeroxx

        Oh gotcha well that makes sense… He’s probably not my type of character anyway

  • Martin Christopher Tan

    Everytime I say his name out loud, I can’t help but hear this: http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail155.html

    • Rampaging Zeroroute

      lol

    • Tuan Kacang

      Oh, another Homestar fan!

    • Eben Amadeus Selker

      i knew i heard that somewhere… good memory XD

  • He needs to lose the sword, but other than that, well done Namco.

  • Tekken 7 confirmed new Assassins Creed game kappa

  • Go2hell66

    namco is playing with fire

    • Joseph K. McCall

      I agree….not all cultures have the ability to laugh at themselves and to exaggerate cultures concepts and stereotypes like S.E. Asia, Europe, or the United States does…

      Someone is going to get seriously offended.

      • GuyAlpha

        who the fuck cares?

      • YuriGotBack

        it’s not like his name is Muhammad, a little muslim bashing in Tekken never hurt anyone.

        • Sam Malik

          as long as Shahinis fighting back everything is fine. Islam is peaceful minded but is not pacifistic. Just sayin.

          • Arkive-UAE

            Prenounce my name right. Its Shaheen

          • Sam Malik

            My cell screwed it up. I can clearly see that it’s Shaheen. I mean, my father’s name is Shahid.

      • ngin room

        As long as there isn’t any religious undertone to any of his actions I’m sure they’ll be safe..

        • Aesen

          That doesn’t stop players from shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ while pummeling their opponents to dust though.

          • Sam Malik

            That simply means “God is Great”. I don’t see the problem with it.

      • grezex29

        Considering the character was made with input from members of the Middle Eastern FGC, to make sure (we can assume) that it was somewhat accurate and not offensive to them…I think this could actually turn out well.

        • Joseph K. McCall

          It wouldn’t be video game players who would raise a ruckus.

  • bitCrusher

    as cool as the concept is, the design is still very lacking. Like the team literally told an artist to sketch a Saudi Arabian fighter and then they just went with the sketch for the final design

  • cinder79

    Virtua fighter 1 shiba character

    • David Curry

      Finally after 22 years

    • Bushin_Cat

      He defected from SEGA and Virtua Fighter to NamcoBandai and Tekken? Offer him more $$$, Sega! Get him back.

  • SDS_Overfiend

    Design is bland Huh? In a video game where you can fully customize outfits to the point the character is almost unidentifiable.. Please.. He will be a good fighter.. In a mindless game.

  • CasualRemy

    That’s pretty darn cool. Can’t wait to see him in action 😀

  • La Lunatica

    I heard that when you pick him all the female characters are automatically banned from play.

    • Sam Malik

      not funny. I’ve been to Oman, the neighboring country of Saudi Arabia, and females have just as many rights as males do.

      • CJ

        Not everywhere though. I thought that joke was kind of funny, considering how many cultures today still bar females from many positions in the family, politics, education etc. And how much I’d love certain female fighters to be banned from play(like Lili, Christie etc.)

        A bit too relevant and possibly insensitive, but still funny.

    • majo0ody

      i don’t think women will get banned but when he sees one of the tekken womens i think he would cover his eyes instead and scream: “FOR THE LOVE OF GOD COVER YOUR GODDAMN BODY AND WEAR A HIJAB WOMAN!!”

      (sorry if i offended any saudis. otherwise i am saudi myself)

  • DukeMagus

    Please be a Krav Maga fighter

    • Arkive-UAE

      NO, we dont associate with israeli fighting style. Keep it for yourself.

      • DukeMagus

        Why not? they put a brazillian girl as a Savate (french boxing with feet instead of hands) fighter and no one complained.

        Krav Maga is an intresting fighting style. rather brutal, but quite effective. could be an intresting addition to the game.

  • Taiana Aubrey

    He is sexy and handsome

  • kinv

    shasheen!!!! he gonna be an evil guy?

  • Zachary Ortiz

    Harada should give him the Camel Clutch as one of his moves. XD

    • Eben Amadeus Selker

      now THAT I would like to see!

  • BASHMIX

    larashid is better i believe 🙂 there is no way they can make a better game play for an Arabic character

  • Every time I look at this guy all I see is Prince Ahmet from Assassins Creed Revelations.
    http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/Ahmet ( Strictly the facial features. ) Glad to see the design come to life though.

  • Middle Eastern Miguel

  • Guest

    Filipino character next…

  • peter her

    Dayuum will we be expecting pencak silat

  • PaigeMirfanda

    OMG Just because he’s wearing the traditional arab headwear doesn’t mean he’s an Assassin Creed person -.-

  • RunningWild1984

    This guy looks cool, much better than the other new characters revealed.

  • Folken Bluesummer

    I miss the times when video games used stereotypes without causing drama and controversy…
    It’s a game, it is suposed to be fun, no one should be offended by it. I am arab and I find arab stereotypes funny (first lvl in metal slug 2, this caracter…) if I’m not wrong this type of desing has been used in a lot of 90’s fighting games.

  • Vergil

    Finishing moves.. ! One thousand Camel stampede hue hue hue!

  • Guest

    So his name means “truck” or “charger” and he is modeled after this guy:

    http://i.imgur.com/HweI0T5.jpg

    What the hell Bandai Namco?

  • Guest

    So his name means “truck” or “charger” and he is modeled after this guy:

    http://i.imgur.com/HweI0T5.jpg

    What the hell Bandai Namco?

  • zarkgo4

    Shaheen actually means ”falcon”.

  • Egzi Lèbon

    Manly Character, very welcomed.

  • Joe Silva

    So, his design has a sword… is like Yoshimitsu is gonna have a real sword rival after all these years… Hope to see him wielding it, it will be very cool to see another character with sword moves in his arsenal.

    • Jeptha Hines

      That would be cool, but maybe some looping attacks fitting that sword.

  • Jeptha Hines

    Aladdin!!!

  • Bushin_Cat

    OMG! After the ‘shock’ of Chloe, the Shaheen character returns my faith in T7!! 1)Harada HAS to make him a rival for Kazuya: an heir to a major petroleum comglamorate in SA, he fights off Kazuya trying to take over his refineries… juicy story!!

    Opening console title sequence: A private jet lands with Kazuya (sporting a goatee), Nina and several guards emerging from plane, while at the same time a black limo pulls up near the plane, and the driver opens the door, with Shaheen (black suit, shemegh*?*) stepping out. They face each other at a distance–lens flare everywhere— I’M READY!! 😀

  • Hailstorm

    Please. let’s not have every arab character in history have a scimitar?

  • Kevin Wark

    He looks like a modern version of Virtua Fighter’s Siba.

  • Kevin Wark

    blah double post

  • I wonder if he uses his sword in his playstyle…probably does.

  • 에밀리 :3

    He is so handsome.

  • Michael Gedgaudas

    Looks good. I think people need to get the “hood + cloak = assassins creed” idea out of their heads though. there are plenty forms of media featuring those base lines well before assassins creed but you didn’t see anyone calling AC something else.

  • Kingkarl12341

    As long as he isn’t apart of Isis

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  • Mozqeetou

    Can’t wait to see his game play, hope it’s fun cause I’m looking for new mains. I hope there are more new characters.

  • leingod

    They’ve got a character based on Bruce Lee (Law), one on Jackie Chan (Lei), one on Schwarzenegger (Jack) another on Sammo Hung (Bob) and even one on Blade (Raven) … so why not a Chuck Norris, a Jason Statham, Rambo, John McClane … heck, even a Katniss Everdeen would work 😛

    Arab guy isn’t too shabby though, even if he’s based on the super-cute guy that was deported from his country 😛

    • Arkive-UAE

      Correction. The supeer cute guy is accually from the United Arab Emirates and he was deported from Saudi Arabia for be too handsome

    • Pooh Hardy

      because the game isn’t broforce……go play broforce or watch expendibles

      • leingod

        You’re too late, bud. Tekken has already embraced the “action hero” trope with the previously mentioned characters, and even more. The trend to include kawaii hatsune miku clones is the relatively new one.

        • Pooh Hardy

          alright run with me here
          Tekken 3: cutie character – xiaoyu
          Tekken 4: cutie character – miharu
          Tekken 5: cutie character – asuka/lili
          Tekken 6: cutie character – Alisa
          TTT2: cutie character – Julia’s new look “Jaycee”/ Michelle’s redesign
          Tekken revolution: cutie character – Eliza/ every female face redesign

          Now if we wanna do action hero style: only bob, law, lei and raven count…Jack sure as hell doesn’t count(he doesn’t look like nor resemble both forms of the terminator)

          • leingod

            Well, I didn’t mean Terminator.. more like an “Arnold-bot” 😛

            Because well, Bob doesn’t resemble Sammo either, besides being fat and really agile.

  • Head scarf + sword =/= Assassin’s Creed -_-
    Such closed mindedness smh

    • Arkive-UAE

      Y u no cum to my channel

      • I will whenever I get the chance #PinkyPromise
        Been busy with studies and other stuff like family.

  • luis elicier

    WHAT THE FUCK OMG THIS DUDE HARADA IS SUCH A FUCK UP! FIRST HE POST PICS OF THIS CHAR, SAYING IS JUST AND IDEA DONT GET ME WRONG ITS COOL THAT WE GETTING A LITTLE BIT OF ARAB IN THE GAME LOL AS I WAS SAYING THEN HE TALKS ABOUT THAT HE WONT LOOK LIKE THE SAMPLES THAT HE HAD SHOWN ONLINE MINE YOU PEOPLE EVERYONE SAID IT THIS LOOKS LIKE AC!!!! BUT NO THIS MOTHER FUCKER YES YOU HARADA HIMSELF STILL GOES AND SAYS FUCK IT IM GOING TO LEAVE IT THE WAY IT WAS FIRST SHOWN…..HE LOOKS LIKE MIGUEL!!! I HATE YOU HARADA!

  • luis elicier

    FULL OF SHIT AND LIES!!! COSTUME SUCKS!!!I HOPE HE DONT FIGHT ON ONE LEG LIKE ZAFINA EVEN SHE LOOKS LIKE WHERE SHES FROM AND I MEAN COMPLETELY

    • Guest

      Careful he is an ISIS member he is relentless and will kill people with bombs like 9-11. He will behead you.

    • Arkive-UAE

      Got a problem boey, cuz you making fun of me now… you need a paddling

  • DoctorButler

    Meh, his costume is kinda boring. He’s like a cookie-cutter Arab stereotype.

    I was expecting something more off-the-wall from Tekken.

    • Arkive-UAE

      That is not a cookie-cutter arab stereotype kid… if he was, he won’t be wearing pants like that, he be wearing a Kandora (Google it)

  • Bushin_Cat

    We have Assassin’s Creed in SoulCalibur V, so why not Tekken too?

  • Rolan Alcantara

    i hope this turns out to be a weapon based character like yoshimitsu. its about time someone else other than yoshi has weapon attacks as part of his moveset. Come to think of it, why is Yoshi allowed to compete in a “hand to hand” martial arts tournament if he keeps bringing his sword?

  • Filippo Rodeo

    Nowhere as awful as Lucky Chloe, but it IS as generic as it could possibly get.

    • Death Metal

      Indeed. Where are his antennae? Where are his fangs and other additional limbs? The hair should be blue, what’s with that fucking black hair? And WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG with that pale, human-looking skin when the preferred color is evidently purple?

      WHAT THE FUCK YOU GUYS MUST LOVE SUPER ULTRA GENERIC CLOTHED HUMAN LOOKING CHARS LIKE THIS ONE WELL FUCK YOUR SHIT I’M OUT!!!!!!111!1

      • Arkive-UAE

        U MAD BRO

        • Death Metal

          U FAIL BRO

          • Arkive-UAE

            UR MAIL BRO

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    • xxbeholderxx .

      That is the actual story of a saudi who got kickrd out of the country because he was too handsome? I have to say, lots of resemblance

      • Arkive-UAE

        AGAIN, He’s not saudi, he is Emirati who got deported from Saudi GOD GET IT RIGHT!!

  • ouroborus
    • Death Metal

      Gives more boners than Lucky Chloe in most Shoryuken visitors, apparently.

  • ermonski

    *insert terrorist comments here*

  • Asaid AieezyOle Falah

    FOR ALLLLAHHHHHHHH

  • I hope hes good!

  • ermonski

    I find this character very Aladeen

    his combos will be very Aladeen