Saturday, August 9, 2014

HELP HARADA-SAN DESIGN TEKKEN'S FIRST ARAB CHARACTER

"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. But in recent years I (Harada) 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," said Harada in a Facebook post, where he revealed a preliminary sketch of the first Arab character for Tekken 7.








Altair...is that you?


Harada is quick to point out that this is not the final design, and the character may or may not be included in the game based on the feedback he receives.
"If the TEKKEN fan 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. The development team likes this design and think that this character is a cool Arab fighter, but if there is something in particular to mention, please do let us know," he added.
As commenters on the Facebook post have pointed out, the character design takes a lot of inspiration from Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed games, and could be further improved by fitting him with clothes and ornaments that closely matches a traditional Arab attire (I do like the falcon-cloak, though).