Bandai Namco’s Tekken franchise is an interesting one. While other arcade games might have more traditional characters, Tekken actually introduced some interesting and quirky characters such as bears, pandas, a man made from wood, and so on. They also introduced a character named Roger Jr., which is a kangaroo that boxes.

Unfortunately it seems that the character will no longer make the final game in Tekken 7. In an interview with VG247, the game’s producer Katsuhiro Harada, it seems that there are concerns that animal activists would complain about the character, which is why they made the decision to take it out of the game.

According to Harada,  “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. 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.”

As to why Kuma the bear is still in the game versus Roger Jr., Harada reasoned that this is because a bear is “obviously stronger than a human being.”

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