Boxing Kangaroo Roger Is Not In Tekken 7

That viral video is part of the reason why, apparently.

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Roger, the boxing kangaroo featured in past installments in the Tekken series, is not in Tekken 7, producer Katsuhiro Harada has confirmed. But why?

Harada told VG247 that the viral video of the man who punched a kangaroo in the face has something to do with it. "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," he said. "People were complaining about him punching a kangaroo."

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Harada went on to say there are "animal activists" today than there used to be. Although these people might not play Tekken 7, Harada said they "would still hear about that," referring to a kangaroo being in the game who is able to be punched. These people "would complain about it," so Roger was left out.

Tekken 7 does feature a fighting animal in the form of Kuma the bear. He's in the game because, according to Harada, a bear is "obviously stronger than a human being."

Harada clarified on Twitter that PETA, which has blasted video games in the past, did not come to Bandai Namco with concerns. Instead, Harada said Bandai Namco has "worries" about potential blowback.

GameSpot has contacted Bandai Namco in an attempt to get more details on this situation.

Tekken 7 launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on June 2. For lots more on the game, check out the news stories below and footage of the story mode here.

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This is ridiculous... now those fuckers are also messing with the gaming world?!

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If we have to guys and girls, we'll just get the Japanese version huh! (I know I know....) then I'll play the game as a kangaroo and beat the shit out of all my human opponents! ??

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Man fights Kangaroo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIRT7lf8byw

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So any creature who is weaker than a human being don't belong in Tekken?

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Are people seriously concerned for the well-being of a completely fictional animal getting beat up in a video game now?

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Streets of Rage 3, anyone?

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And here I am not being able to care any less about roger and praying for a julia reveal soon.

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Just as long as I can still main King, I'm good.

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@vilified_signals: King without mask coz fur is not synthetic it's real one !!!!

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And here I thought Kangaroo Jack was gonna make an appearance in a game along with Anthony Anderson :(

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@davillain-: Where the f*** has Jerry O'Connell been? I miss that dude.

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Oh goodie. Another company without a spine.

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What a bunch of bullshit. Well, at least that video was entertaining.

I hope he has some fags, trannies and other weird species in his game though otherwise he'll be getting a lot of complaints none the less. And to think that all this SJW bullshit wouldn't even exist if everyone would just ignore them instead of giving in to their demands like a little bitch.

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I never thought Harada would fold to that group when he hasn't backed down from anyone else's crying previously.

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@dlM0kn: Lets be honest, it's not harada, its the guys above him.

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You can also punch black people and ladies. I object! Hear me Harada! I Object!

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LMAO at some viral video everyone forgot about days later being his excuse for not including a character. He might as well drop a press release that says his dog ate the character data

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More SJW BS making its way to video games. I really hope gamers come together and not allow this to keep happening. Tekken is far from a realistic fighting game so having animals that fight should not be an issue. It isn't like Tekken has a mini game where we punch animals that don't hit back. Bring back Roger and stop being so scared about a possible outcry from people who don't even buy your games.

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LMAO it really is such a pathetic world that we live in today. Why would that viral video have any affect at all on a kangaroo character being in your video game? How about everyone that would have been offended by that just grow a spine?

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That video should've been all the more reason to put him on there. Why is everyone such a pussy these days?

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In order to avoid making activists angry Harada has decided to change his last name to Pansy due to the vague resemblance to Harambe.

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Dont give them fools power by bowing to them.

Is anna in this??

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@johno357: Not so far. But a lot of people ask for her everyday, so maybe they'll bring her back.

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Good job. We need more SJWs, feminists, activists to censor the whole internet and policing what's right or wrong on digital pixels!. Bravo! Clap. These keyboard warriors on the other hand didn't bother to go all out and help the real world. F* idiots

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Why are people so dumb you can punch a human but not a kangaroo its a game folks, why do these developers listen to idiots.

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@yukushi: Because violence is only acceptable when you punch something of greater or equal intellect! Makes sense! *walks back to reality*

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Idiotic reason to not add fighter but would love to see Gon and alex though akuma is Epic but ain't best character for guest star.

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Best troll character to defeat people with, especially if you got in a wind up punch.

Wasn't going to buy it anyway. Last two outings were rubbish (T6 + TT2).

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He was afraid to upset people, so he cut a character, which upset people.

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@Brettsky128: Yes but it is much better to upset your target audience in the business world rather than people who wouldn't be buying the game anyway! *sarcasm ends*

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Kangaroos can be vicious. If you watch the video, the Kangaroo had the man's dog in a headlock and was trying to slash the dog with its foot. When he got the kangaroo to let his dog go, it was going to attack him until he punched it once in the face to dissuade it when he could have just as easily shot it. This whole overblown situation is silly and doesn't take into account the lives of the man and his dog.

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@ToadstoolPeach: Fact: most Australians don't find kangaroos cute or endearing. They are usually seen as vermin and dangerous.

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-_________- I don't want to live in this stupid world

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@the_master_race: I'm thinking about colonizing the moon to get away from all the SJW's.

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@the_master_race: That is why God gave us video games :)

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I'm happy Kangaroo Jack..I mean Roger was left out because its a better way to say goodbye to this cute fellow and he's done enough already in the franchise. I can't describe my excitement for the game but I think it will be sad to say the final goodbye and hello to the last Tekken game. To be honest I can't say what will replace this title in the way it is but much thanks to the Tekken franchise. Cheers Roger

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@J-007: this isn't the last tekken

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@demonbull: How do you know? It seems to have been rumored on Gamespot unless I'm wrong

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@J-007: the creators have said this will be the last game to focus on the mishima family but not the final game

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@demonbull: In that case we can celebrate but thanks for clearing that up

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Bow to the SJW's. All hope is gone

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I always preferred Alex anyway. Is he in the game at least? Or people will complain about punching a Raptor?

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Sounds like they wanna save a few $ its a digital fighting kangaroo thats been in since 2 or 3 still hes not new if they have a problem with him now why not all the years previous?must want to save some dollars......still cant wait!

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I have a hard time taking this seriously when Harada's known for messing with people, like during the Lucky Chloe controversy where he joked that she was getting removed from the game because of people complaining about her, only for it to turn out to be just that: a joke.
EDIT: Correction. He claimed she'd only be removed for the American release, and replaced with a muscle head character. Still was just a joke.

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Alright someone needs to make a fighting with animals standing on two legs fighting each other as a big F U to animal activists. Regarding kangaroos tho that guy was right to punch the kangaroo they are dangerous and it would of likely killed or seriously injured his dog if he hadn't intervened.

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@gamingdevil800: primal rage kind of and various genisis games we had sone messed up shit in the 90s!

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Developers really do cut the best things for the lamest of reasons.

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In other words he's scared of the cry babies.

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