In an interview with VG 24/7, Katsuhiro Harada says that plans for adding the genetically engineered kangaroo Roger Jr. to the Tekken 7 roster were been scrapped due to potential backlash from “animal activists”. In the interview, he referred to a viral video in which a man is seen punching a kangaroo after it put his dog in what can easily be described as a “headlock”.
While many have deemed the man a hero for doing what was necessary to save his pet, the man reportedly received serious threats from animal activists for his actions, and Harada seeks to prevent a similar controversy from reaching his game.
“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,” he said.
The Tekken developer says fans need not worry about Kuma being removed, since he is “obviously stronger than a human being”.
You can check out the full VG 24/7 interview here.