Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Game Director Katsuhiro Harada understands your gripes, Tekken fans. He knows you want the same voices from the characters you’ve known and loved for almost 20 years. He knows that you yearn for the same audio and skimpy clothing that will bring you back to your gaming childhood. While he can still provide the latter, Harada says he’s getting fed up with getting “spammed” by whiny Tekken fans who do not understand the process of moving forward with an almost two decade-old franchise:
“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.’ 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 goes into thorough detail as to why using the same voice actors and audio samples of traditional Tekken games is impossible. Mainly, he cites current-gen audio software and the fact that many of the voice actors’ have either retired or undergone a change in voice tone.
“Do you know that all of the voice work for a character is not always done by just one voice actor?” said Harada. “Using Brian as an example, the laugh you guys love so much uses the original data from Tekken 3, but the short kiai voice uses a different voice actor, and the ‘come on!’ voice also uses a different voice actor. A lot of other characters also use different voice actors for the spoken lines and for the shouts.”
The Tekken exec. also stated that he’s getting sick of empty fan-made promises, pledging that they will show their gratitude for certain changes by buying multiple copies of Tekken titles.
“The Tekken series has continued for 17 years. The development environment, as well as the environment in which you all play games, has changed. There are so many characters, and we can’t keep using he same voice actors every time, for a variety of reasons.I have even complied to the requests of you all spamming me to ‘bring back characters’ from previous installments. You often say, ‘let’s show the dev team how sincere we are by buying 2 copies if they bring back character X,’ but did you really go through with it? Expecting you to at least pre-order the game, I was met with more spam, after you apparently didn’t notice that Jun and Michelle actually return.”
Harada concluded his Schwarzenegger-esque “STOP WHINING” rant by saying that he will continue to heed the fan output, as long as the more idiotic fans keep quiet.
“I still have some characters left to be revealed that comply with some of your requests, even ‘bringing back’ several others. Even so, none of them are paid DLC. I will continue to sincerely comply with fan requests. However, 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.”