Tekken’s head honcho Katsuhiro Harada sounds like a very exasperated man. Fed up with whining fans continually criticising and demanding things that simply aren’t possible to change, he’s written 754 words laced with frustration (opens in new tab) and posted them on Twitter, having to use TwitLonger to do it.
He makes things very clear early on, sounding very much like a parent chastising a naughty child: “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.”
The problem stems primarily from fans continually asking him to reuse old voice talent from previous games. Harada does his best to explain that recording technology has changed, voice actors retire and (after 16 years), not even he can voice Marshal and Forest any more. But the post has the air of a man who knows there’s futility in any explanation.
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“Do you know that all of the voice work for a character is not always done by just one voice actor? 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.”
However, after the lengthy explanation of the dialogue complications, the post takes a downward turn as he decides to get everything off his chest:
“I have even complied to the requests of you all spamming me to “bring back characters” from previous instalments. 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.”
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The post ends with Harada pointing out he still has some characters left to be revealed that comply with some fan 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. Thanks for understanding or not understanding. Whatever.”