Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada is asking for feedback on the next title in Namco Bandai's long-running fighting game series. In a Facebook post Harada showed off some early designs for a "Arab" character.
While revealing the concept image of the character on Facebook, Harada emphasized that the design was not final and merely a suggested addition to Tekken 7. He also said that the character is not guaranteed to appear in the final game. Its inclusion, he said, is heavily dependent on fan feedback.
Harada also said that he really wants feedback from Arab gamers in particular to help the company decide if it is the right fit. And while he didn't say it, it is likely that he wants to make sure that the new character is in no way offensive to gamers in the Middle East.
"To be honest, we did have an idea of an Arab fighter since 2008, but since most of the development team members are Japanese and do not know much about the Middle Eastern culture or clothes, we were not able to fully design it back then," he said.
"But in recent years I have been visiting places such as Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and many of the development staff members have been learning about Middle Eastern culture and designs.
"If the Tekken community, especially those in the Middle Eastern area, end up liking this character, I would like to feature this character in the game. On the other hand, if this character is not received well by the Middle Eastern Tekken fan community members, there is a possibility that the character will be considerably changed or letting go of the idea of featuring this character in the game."
You can check out the character and Harada's thoughts here. As of this writing, feedback has been fairly positive.