Tekken’s famed developer Katsuhiro Harada recently faced off against allegations of racism on Twitter, delivering a response that’s got the gaming community talking.
In a recent Twitter exchange, a user accused the Tekken team of racism for not yet revealing Eddy Gordo in Tekken 8, suggesting a disregard for black characters.
The tweet stated, “The only reason why Eddy Gordo hasn’t been revealed yet is because the creators of TEKKEN are racist and don’t care about black characters.”
Harada’s comeback was swift and to the point, challenging the logic behind the accusation and highlighting the presence of black characters like Leroy and Raven in the game.
This isn’t Harada’s first rodeo with such conversations. Back in August, he addressed threats over Eddy Gordo’s inclusion in Tekken 8, highlighting the negative impact of such behavior on the development team’s motivation.
His stance has consistently been one of no-nonsense, directly addressing and dismantling unfounded claims and threats.
The community has rallied behind Harada, with many fans mocking the initial claims and praising his straightforward approach. Comments ranged from pointing out the presence of diverse characters in the Tekken universe to criticizing the baseless nature of the allegations.
The general sentiment is clear: Harada’s response was not only appropriate but also a necessary stand against unreasonable and unfounded accusations.
The original tweet from the activist has been flagged with a community note, clarifying that Tekken 8 does indeed feature black characters, further undermining the initial accusation of racism.
As Tekken 8 gears up for its release on January 26, this incident serves as a reminder of the passionate, sometimes heated, discussions that surround popular gaming franchises.
Harada’s handling of the situation not only demonstrates his commitment to the Tekken community but also his unwillingness to let unfounded accusations go unchallenged.
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