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Tekken Producer Tells Fans to Stop Sending Him Character Concepts

Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada has urged fans to stop sending him character concepts and ideas because that’s potential grounds for a lawsuit. The creator released a lengthy statement on Twitter/X yesterday explaining why Bandai Namco developers often choose to avoid accepting fan ideas and character concepts.

Katsuhiro Harada has been pretty vocal online whenever fans submit character concepts or ideas to him, which he often turns down. He began his recent statement by saying that “the more specific and detailed the idea is, the less likely we are to adopt it,” meaning it will become increasingly more difficult to make due to legal issues. In this instance, Harada and Bandai Namco could get sued under the circumstances.

In the statement, Harada also explained the character creation process of familiar Tekken fighters like Lars Alexandersson and Shaheen, who were both made with creative input from third-party designers well-versed in the culture and language of the character’s backgrounds. Such a thing wouldn’t be possible, or rather extremely difficult, with fan submissions. Eliza, for example, was an amalgamation of several fan ideas that Bandai Namco eventually stitched together as opposed to a single character design.

You can read Harada’s full statement below which candidly goes into the nitty-gritty of fan submissions and why they’re often problematic for developers:

Tekken 8 launched earlier this year to very positive reviews across the board. Bandai Namco revealed the most recent DLC fighter, Lidia, a fan-favourite character from Tekken 7.

Tekken 8 is available on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

Source: Katsuhiro Harada

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