Tekken producer addresses 'whining' fans

Namco Bandai boss Katsuhiro Harada loses patience with "spamming" fans calling for favorite audio samples, voice actors in upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

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Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada is fed up with fans requesting that September's Tekken Tag Tournament 2 use audio samples and voice actors from the series' 18-year history. The Namco Bandai boss, who has worked on the Tekken series for more than 17 years, penned a fiery epistle to fans recently, telling them to lighten up.

Harada wants Tekken fans to "take a step back."

"I have something I want to say to the people who spam me with requests to 'switch back (or bring back) to the voice actors used previously,'" he said. "I believe that, before whining and complaining about everything, you need practice at taking a step back and analyzing things objectively. And also at being an adult."

Harada provided a long list of reasons why Namco Bandai is unable to reuse audio samples from the 1994 game. He said the current generation of consoles are "totally different" in how they play back sound, and the original voice actors may be unable or unwilling to reproduce the tracks they originally recorded.

"The Tekken series has continued for 17 years. The development environment, as well as the environment in which you all play games, has changed," he said. "There are so many characters, and we can't keep using the same voice actors every time, for a variety of reasons."

Harada said additional Tekken Tag Tournament 2 characters that "comply with some [fan] requests" will be revealed in the time ahead and that he will "continue to sincerely comply with fan requests." The developer will not, on the other hand, continue to speak with fans who do not present constructive comments.

"I can't continue to engage the negative ones that, without knowing what you are talking about, or even thinking about what you are saying, blindly repeat 'bring back, bring back, bring back…' After this lengthy explanation, I will be quite surprised if there are still people who still don't get it," he said. "Thanks for understanding or not understanding. Whatever."

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 hit Japanese arcades last September and welcomed a new update in February, which added new modes, such as one-versus-two matches and pair-play mode. It is due out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 11. For more on the fighting game, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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jnw93
jnw93

people will complain about anything these days...

Verhoven
Verhoven

The seiyu for Heihachi committed suicide recently. So I wonder how they'll be able to recreate his voice under new conditions(i.e. hardware like PS3/Xbox360)?

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Thanks for understanding or not understanding. Whatever." Best thing I've heard a game company say in a long time. It's just boring PR-talk, but this is hilarious. It's funny because it's true!!!

megakick
megakick

This game is pretty unfun...

Itz no Virtua Fighter or DOA!

vengefulwilberg
vengefulwilberg

This game will probably take the fighting game genre by storm when it comes out.  I am just stating this based on the popularity of TTT1 and the huge number of features the upcoming title is bringing.  I am so glad that Tekken finally returns with a new exciting title.  

vengefulwilberg
vengefulwilberg

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is going to rock.  Tekken Tag 1 has been a huge success.  Look at what we are getting here.  Plenty of customization options, music imports, 1 vs 1, 1 vs 2, 2 vs 2, restructured online (not using the same lobby system as tekken 6), free DLC characters, and new gameplay tag features. 

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

My only "whine" is that I wished Tekken Tag Tournament 2 would've come sooner so I wouldn't have bought the boring SFxT.

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

Why are those fans even complaining? Voices, tracks? So what....? It's not that they changed characters, story or visuals... 

slothboyadvance
slothboyadvance

Where as I understand the producer's frustrations with unsatisfiable fans, I have to say:  Welcome to the internet.  This guy simply needs to learn to ignore the trolls and take in the constructive comments.  Writing a pissy letter to your fans will only serve to add fuel to the flames (i.e. Don't feed the Trolls).

Loshead
Loshead

@DrunkenCandy Street fighter is a 2D fighter Tekken is a 3D fighter. I prefer 3D fighters so I like tekken over street fighter. It sounds like you like 2D so you it would make sense for you to like Street fighter. Comparing Tekken to street fighter is like comparing apples to oranges.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

Been a Tekken fan since Tekken 2, and I really have to say...people were actually whining about the f'ing voices? I mean, I know it's the internet and every misplaced string on a costume is bound to have thirty seven forum threads written by "long term fans" who will leave a garbled wall of angry text proclaiming how said misplaced string just "cost Namco a sale", but the voices? Really? I wasn't even aware their voices had ANY continuity throughout the series. 

Griever4
Griever4

as long as moonlight wilderness is back as a stage i'll be super happy

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

What do I HOPE for in Tekken Tag Tournament 2? A lengthy single player experience, kind of like the Story Mode in Mortal Kombat, that would make this game an instant buy for me, if not, THEN I still might get it :3

Komissar33188
Komissar33188

Harada gets respect in my book. Would I call it smart business? Not necessarily. But sometimes fanboys just need to be told to sit down and shut up. If replacing a voice actor is enough to make you upset with a game, you're playing for the wrong reasons. Glad Harada called them on it.

Neosz-v2
Neosz-v2

This is reminding me of the whole Sonic the hedgehog VA fiasco in 2006.  "Waaaaa, this game suck cause' Ryan Drummond isn't voicing Sonic anymore!"

sieg6529
sieg6529

I've got to agree - it's a silly expectation.

suplax
suplax

I agree with the man...

It's really childish of people to not accept changes.

You want the same voices ? Ok... , but how about if the same voices came with the same graphics ? 

Kids need to chill out. It's not like one of those games that have locked content in disc that will be sold as DLC.

You can play on mute after all can't you ? -_-"

MonkeySpot
MonkeySpot

Sounds like this guy has been hanging out with George Lucas...

 

"... No, just tell them the samples aren't technically possible to use. It worked for me with the claims of lost or destroyed master prints of my films..."

XD

Whining, indeed. He might have a point, but how he delivered said sentiment is pretty un-Japanese (sounds more like an American, if you ask me).

Axe_Armor
Axe_Armor

More power to him. Don't cave in to whiny fans like Bioware did.

EternalPsychoOr
EternalPsychoOr

To all the ones who are "I'm not going to support further Tekken anything anymore b/c of this now blah blah"--- b.s.  One (or more) of your friends will get ttt2 and you'll be riding the hypocrite train playing it with them anyway.  Go ahead, tell me I'm wrong.  What are you going to use as an alternative, Blazblue?!! lol :-p  

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

so he has been in tekken for 17 years, and now a bunch of people that have never and will never make a game is telling him how to make his job.... how would you feel?

AzatiS
AzatiS

From this attitude alone , next tekken title is a nono for me.

 

Idiot CEOs... Who you think made you rich? Your consumers did...No more $$ from me..

DrYnot
DrYnot

How is it that these freaks have the balls to call US entitled whiners, then release a pedantic bitchfest like this calling us retards while still ostensibly expecting us to buy their game? Do game makers just not understand what the word 'entitled' actually means? Protip: Harada's entire rant reeked of it. STOP WHINING AND GIVE ME YOUR MONEY, BAKA GAIJIN!

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Sound audio from 1994.....seriously, who the f**k complains about something like that??

 

Man, I don't blame Harada-san for flippin' the the hell out about that. I'm surprise there's dopes out even complaining about something so trivial. Look I'm a diehard Tekken fangirl like the next but, honestly, some people need to learn how to pick their battles. Why the hell bog this man down w/ such BS request and complaints.....geez, come off yourselves, sit back, and chill the hell out. Stop complaining about the small s**t. 

 

Let that man sit back and do his thing w/ this game. If they didn't add something back more than likely maybe it just wasn't worth if or feasible to do so. Just the fact that Harada-san listened enough to add Jun Kazama (one of my all-time fav Tekken fighters) back it proves loads to me that he's doing his best to listen to those fans w/ reasonable requests and feedback. 

jnw93
jnw93

 @megakick haha your joking right? VF5 was a massive flop

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

 @DrunkenCandyI sort of agree. I like Tekken but Its been broken many sequels ago and they dont fix the broken elements before they release new games. I hope they fix previous broken elements like simple button mashing winnable matches with many characters. And some cheap moves some characters have...

franci17
franci17

 @DrunkenCandy

 I didnt like Street Fighter IV or Street Fighter X Tekken or the arcade edition, I prefer the old street fighter alpha, Street fighter turbo etc..., I also enjoy The King of Fighters XIII and Tekken 6 very much, Tekken 6 is one of the best fighting games of this generation, is fun and balanced, not like the new Street fighter, were you are in the middle of exagerated combos and total caos...

monster637
monster637

 @Frisky_Tzatziki Negative, when people start yappin about dumb shit you call um on it, reason harada does what he does so well and most fighttng game players respect him even the ones that only play capcom anime and 2d fighters

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

 @mdchapel9 Because Gamespot sucks now. They had to post something real quick so all the staff could go help Danny made a stupid video. Place is turning into G4. I especially like how the video up above is an interview with Snoop Dog.

DrYnot
DrYnot

 @anticusho1984 ...How would I feel if my CUSTOMERS told me what they wanted? Golly gee, I guess I'd just release a press-statement calling them entitled retards OH WAIT NO THAT'S A HORRIBLE IDEA IF YOU LIKE STAYING IN BUSINESS

Mokuba34
Mokuba34

 @anticusho1984  If only more people would see this :)

 

If you dont got any constructive criticism then dont say anything but people will continue to do so including the ones here that wont buy the game because the Dev is "Rude".....

JumpoffjoeyP
JumpoffjoeyP

 @DrYnot

 When did he call anyone a retard?

Exactly the point of what he say. so stop whining. and give them your money! :)

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

 @DrYnot

 The next thing you see is a article that says that the latest Tekken game was down in sales due to the market being over populated with fighting games not due to a poor subpar released game..  Game makers nowadays have been too spoiled with raping their fanbase hopefully alot of people will wait up and make this ceo and others like them eat their words..

50218211
50218211

 @DrYnot I think his entire rant actually reeked of "Im making the game, trolls can GTFO, I dont actually want or need YOUR money". And I happen to agree with him 100%. 

 

EternalPsychoOr
EternalPsychoOr

 @Darkflare_EX haha indeed.  :)   unfortunately where i'm at the "community" are all capcom zombies so no other fighting game gets played period lol

Axe_Armor
Axe_Armor

 @DrYnot If my customers complained about something as minuscule as the voices in a FIGHTING game, I would be pissed at them too.

DrYnot
DrYnot

 @JumpoffjoeyP No offense, but are you autistic or what? Why would anybody with any degree of self-respect purchase something from someone with such obvious contempt for them?

DrYnot
DrYnot

 @50218211  Don't kid yourself: he both wants and needs EVERYONE'S money, 'entitled trolls' or not. This is Capcom we're talking about. Hell, this is CAPITALISM we're talking about.

JumpoffjoeyP
JumpoffjoeyP

 @PumpkinBoogie

Then they would be crying about the poor audio playbacks and lazy half ass development. Lose lose situation. Do your thing Harada!

swyg
swyg

 @DrYnot Yeah, seriously.  Anyone that has had a job involving customers in any form gets this all the time; worse actually. 

DrYnot
DrYnot

 @Axe_Armor Then you'd quickly go out of business. I don't care how obviously 'smarter' you are than them, you are asking for their money in exchange for a product. The onus of maturity is on YOU. You don't get to act like a screeching jackass in retaliation to them and then act shocked, SHOCKED, if your game does badly.

JumpoffjoeyP
JumpoffjoeyP

 @DrYnot

 Lol none taken... I'm in it for the entertainment of the game. I'm not worried about what kind of person the developer is, games are my hobby.. I'm not going to just ignore a quality game, just because the developer may be a jackass or whatnot.. I play them because they are fun. I like to kick it wit buddies play some good fighting games and just because of his comments aren't going to change my mind.. Besides like I said... ALOT of fans always whine about games before they even come out and you cannot deny that.. not opinion that is fact. I jus feel he has a point. That's all. Good day :D

DrYnot
DrYnot

 @King9999 Oh, is he? Sorry. I think 'fucktarded public relations' and my mind immediately jumps to Capcom. It's becoming clearly apparent that fucktarded customer relations is a near universal occurrence in shitty game companies that have been spoiled by the mewling acquiescence of their sad-sack costumers, though.