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.
"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.