Turns out missing Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada just had a bit of the sniffles as he confirmed on Twitter earlier today. He’s a bit concerned his week off turned into a news fiasco though, but you can rest assured he’s still going to E3. And since we’re all a bit sceptical these days, Harada even posted a picture of himself as proof to his fans that he’s alive and well. You can see the Twitter message he posted below:
“I just finished up the master version, and I had a cold and a fever so I was home drinking tequila and getting some work done. Ono got a new car late last month so I took it for a test drive, and cleared some games I had piled up (Crysis 3, Bioshock, Metro) so I ignored calls from the office. I was busy. Then Grid 2 came out while work was piling up, people were treating me like I was missing or something. I’m fine, and back to work and I’ll be at E3, so don’t worry.”
Katsuhiro Harada, a Namco Bandai Games producer who is best known for the Tekken series, is reportedly missing. According to a tweet that was supposedly sent out by the Tekken Project support team, Harada has been missing from office for a week so far. The team says it’s still searching for him. If he really is missing, we hope that Harada is found safe and sound. The tweet sent out by the team – via Harada’s Twitter account – can be read below:
Update from the Tekken team: There appear to be some news articles worrying for Harada-san’s safety. However, we were able to confirm he has been logged into Steam daily, so we believe he is OK, but just has not shown up for work.
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Namco Bandai has revealed that the well-received Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has missed company sales expectations. The publisher says that the company planned to ship 1.7 million units of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 but ended up just under target at 1.5 million units worldwide. The Wii U version of the popular beat-em-up franchise ended up with an average review score of 83% on online review aggregator, Metacritic.
Namco Bandai has announced that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be available at both retail and as a digital download on the Wii U eShop. However, the game will take up a whopping 16GB of space, which is clearly an issue if you purchase the Wii U Basic 8GB package. Thankfully, Nintendo has already confirmed that you can use a variety of external hard drives with Wii U, so this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Still, that’s one big download.
Namco Bandai Games’ Katsuhiro Harada, who is also the producer of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, is pushing for the localization of Project X Zone, which is the first crossover game among Namco Bandai Games, Capcom and Sega. On his Twitter account, Harada says he “proposed localization of Project X Zone,” and if he continues pushing for it, his suggestion will be recognized and considered.
Project X Zone will launch exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in Japan on October 11th.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 director Katsuhiro Harada admits that even he doesn’t fully understand Nintendo’s online service for Wii U. This is Harada’s response when asked whether or not the Wii U can compete against PlayStation Network and Xbox Live:
“Not quite sure at this point. I don’t fully understand it. We’re still working with Nintendo to find out about their network.”
Some lucky individual managed to snag themselves a pre-release copy of Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The individual subsequently mined the disc and discovered that there are six additional characters stored on it. Here are the six characters that were unearthed:
- Miharu Hirano
- Doctor Gepetto Boskonovitch
- Slim Bob
Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada has revealed that working alongside Nintendo on Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has allowed the development team to bring unique things to the Wii U version of the game. Harada gave the example of using the mega mushroom as a reminder of the fact that collaborating with Nintendo has been beneficial.
“We can say this – because we are collaborating with Nintendo we really wanted to create features like [the Mega Mushroom] that are only possible because we are collaborating with Nintendo. That’s just one example and we hope that everyone will be looking forward to the other things we have to show.”
Japanese gaming bible Famitsu has awarded Tekken Tag Tournament 2 an extremely impressive 39 out of 40 review score in its latest issue. The publications four reviewers individually awarded the game 10, 9, 10 and 10 scores, resulting in an overall score of 39. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is destined to launch on Wii U in the neat future.
The cover art of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 features the main protagonist of the Tekken series, Jin Kazama, along with his trainer/grandfather, Heihachi Mishmima. The game will launch later this month for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and this holiday for Wii U.