Tekken 7 character axed due to animal activists, new gameplay released

Tekken's infamous boxing Kangaroo Roger Jr has been cut from the upcoming seventh installment in the long-running fighting game series, producer Katsuhiro Harada has confirmed.

Speaking during an interview with VG247, Harada-san revealed that animal activists got involved in the whole affair and as such Roger was deemed inappropriate to include, although Kuma, Heihachi's hulking bear bodyguard, still made the cut.

There was a video of a man's dog being headlocked by a kangaroo, and he punched it in the face,” he said. “It turned into a big problem. People were complaining about him punching a kangaroo. It seems that in the last few years there's a lot more animal activists - even though they probably wouldn't play our game they would still hear about that, about a kangaroo in our game being punched, and would complain about it.”

Harada went on to say that Kuma is still in Tekken 7 as “obviously stronger than a human being.”

Elsewhere, publisher Bandai Namco Games has also revealed a new Tekken 7 gameplay video highlighting a number of characters who will be featured in the game, including Marshall Law, Feng, Bob, and Devil Jin.

Tekken 7 is scheduled for release on PS4, PC, and Xbox One on June 2, 2017. The game's storyline will focuses on the conclusion to the long-running Mishima family feud, which sees Heihachi and Kazuya facing off in a final battle following the reappearance of Kazumi Mishima, who was long thought to have perished. Not only that, but Akuma pops over from the Street Fighter universe to play a vital role in the narrative.