'Tekken 7' release date, news: Producer's comments on swimsuit issue causes stir

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The fact that “Tekken 7” is almost here is good enough news for the fans of the popular arcade fighting game from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment. First released in its home country of Japan last year, the game is expected to feature additional content for three platforms: Microsoft Windows (PC), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 (PS4).

And while it already is common knowledge that there will be new costumes, stages, items, and even characters, one unexpected question was brought up by fans recently the inclusion of swimsuits. Well, it’s not really a crucial part of the game but producer Katsuhiro Harada was courteous enough to respond to the growing clamor.

When a fan directly asked him via Twitter if there will be swimsuits in the U.S. version, he replied, “Ask your country’s SJWs.”

Harada used the term “Social Justice Warrior,” which in the United States is considered as a pejorative term for those who promote socially progressive ideals and views. According to Harada, this is the reason why swimsuits for “Tekken 7” characters have been blocked and thus, will not be included.

He expounded by saying that “Tekken Tag Tournament II” actually had swimsuit attires for main characters, i.e. Ogre, Panda, and Kangaroo. But he did say that the “SJWs” did not approve. He was quick to defend his post right after some fans of the game took offense.

The previously released version of “Tekken 7” in Japan did not encounter any problems or issues with the swimsuit costumes of the characters, and as a matter of fact, they’re all pre-installed for all the in-game characters.

Harada has since deleted his tweets due to criticisms from fans. He added that he did not mean to be offensive.

The updated version of “Tekken 7” is scheduled to be made available to U.S. gamers in early 2017.