Saudi Arabian Fighter Joins Tekken 7

Meet Shaheen.

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A brand new fighter from Saudi Arabia named Shaheen will be joining the cast of Tekken 7, Tekken Game Director and Chief Producer Katsuhiro Harada has revealed.

Harada first raised the possibility of adding a Middle Eastern character to Tekken 7 with a concept design he presented to fans back August 2014.

"If the Tekken fan community, especially those in the Middle Eastern area, end up liking this character, I would like to feature this character in the game," Harada said in a post to the game's Facebook page. "On the other hand, if this character is not received well by the Middle Eastern Tekken fan community members, there is a possibility that the character will be considerably changed or letting go of the idea of featuring this character in the game."

Feedback on Harada's Facebook post and GameSpot's story was fairly positive, and as you can see by comparing the reveal image to the concept art below, Shaheen's design was barely changed at all.

Tekken 7 was announced over the summer. The game, which is powered by Epic's Unreal Engine 4, will be released for Japanese arcades this year, though console plans have not yet been announced

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