Saudi Arabian fighter Shaheen will be joining the Tekken 7 roster, according to a tweet from game director Katsuhiro Harada.
There’s little information to go on here, but Harada also notes that Shaheen’s design and name were “inspired by foreign student[s] from Arabic countries and [the] Saudi embassy.”
If you’re worried that negative reaction will keep Shaheen out of the West in the same way that the character Lucky Clove was driven away, don’t be; it turns out Harada was joking about that. Maybe. In response to Harada saying Lucky Chloe would be exclusive to the EU and Asia and that he would make a musclebound skinhead for US players, an angry Twitter user responded with some harsh Japanese stereotypes.
“Many spammers/haters attacking us (That was an extreme prejudice and tons of dirty words.” Of course I hate this happening), then I said just counter ‘sarcasm/joke.’”
It’s hard to tell if Harada means that he was only joking about American stereotypes or if the joke he’s referring to is Lucky Chloe’s supposed region exclusivity. When another Twitter user called him a “silly goose” and thanked him for releasing Lucky Clove, Harada tweeted a winking smiley face with its tongue sticking out. So… yes?
Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you updated as this story unfolds.