The official Tekken Facebook page put up an illustration of an early design for a new character to be put in Tekken 7. The character is Arabian and looks like he could fit nicely in an Assassin’s Creed game.
Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada did note the character list for Tekken 7 has not been finalized yet. He just wanted to show the fans what an Arabian character would look like. He is interested to hear what Middle Eastern gamers think of the design. He wants to make sure every character in the game is represented properly. The last thing he wants to do is offend anyone with a stereotypical portrayal of a character of a specific race.
Harada said they’ve been contemplating adding an Arabian character to the Tekken series since 2008. The team have visited countries such as Dubai and Saudi Arabia to research the culture. He wants to make sure the character is received well by the Middle Eastern community. If not, the character might be changed or sadly dropped entirely. Either way, the team is looking to add more characters from different countries in Tekken 7.
Tekken 7 is expected for release sometime next year. The only returning characters announced so far have been Kazuya and Heihachi Mishima.