In an interview with VG24/7, executive producer of the Tekken series Katsuhiro Harada explained that kangaroo character Roger Jr. will not be in the American version of Tekken 7. The game, to be release overseas June 2, 2017, has been in Japan for over two years. But it seems the journey over the pond has replaced Roger Jr. with Alex from Tekken 5.
According to Harada, the reasoning for all this is due to “animal activists” and the increasing sensitivity is something the developers over at Bandai Namco have noticed over the years. Especially stories of kangaroos attacking dogs and human defending their dogs.
The activists apparently didn’t like seeing a man punch a kangaroo for this. The decision was ultimately the developers themselves, as they decided it would be best to avoid controversy and conflict by simply removing Roger Jr. all together.
That said, it seems a little odd that Bandai decided to leave in Kuma the bear. An animal equally capable of punching and being punched in the game itself. The logic here, Harada stated, is that as a bear, Kuma is “obviously stronger than a human being.”
If I may point out, so is a kangaroo in real life. Just because they’d rather run from you, doesn’t mean a kangaroo is any less fierce. One kick from it’s hind legs can break bones, never mind the scratches from their large claws. A kangaroo’s foot claws are sharp enough to slice open a human abdomen.
Nonetheless, there are still 38 characters to chose from in the upcoming game. But I’m afraid if you had your heart set on Roger Jr., you can blame the increasing controversy surrounding kangaroo attacks on dogs.