If anyone asked me, “What game franchise would you play for the rest of your life if you had to?”, my answer will be the Tekken series. I’ve loved the series for over 10 years now because it’s not your ‘typical’ beat ’em up game – it has an ongoing storyline (even if it is dark and slightly depressing) with characters that have depth and likability. In the beat ’em up genre, Tekken stands out for me.
Tekken 7 was announced by it’s long-reigning chief and director Katsuhiro Harada (if you’ve read my previous articles then might remember that he’s also developing Pokken Tournament – surprise, surprise) on July 13th during the Evolution Championship Series in 2014 (due to a leak). Since then, Harada has been consistent with updates and content since then.
Many new characters have will revealed – such as Claudio Serafino (he can use his powers to create visible energy during fights and use it); Gigas (another robot); Josie Rizal (from the Philippines); Katarina Alves (another fighter from Brazil); Kazumi Mishima (AKA Heihachi Mishima’s wife/Kazuya’s mother) and Shaheen (a fighter from Saudi Arabia).
And then there’s Lucky Chloe.
She was revealed at the ‘Thanksgiving’ event for the Tekken series 20th Anniversary on December 7th last year. Her reveal trailer shows a young blonde woman who appears to adorn feline-inspired clothing and speak with a broken Japanese accent (Harada later revealed that she’s not actually Japanese – she just enjoys the culture despite being voiced by Japanese actress Hisako Kanemoto). Her fighting style however seems similar to that of Lili’s (AKA Emilie De Rochefort) called ‘Freestyle Dance’.
And of course, fans started to freak out.
Many condemned Lucky Chloe for her lack of originality and comparing her to Japanese idols, such as Hatsune Miku (a humanoid persona performer developed in Japan who has made such a cultural impact that she even opened Lady GaGa’s ArtRave: The Artpop Ball when she toured Japan). Others pointed out that she doesn’t seem to ‘fit’ in within the Tekken style and will appeal mainly to Japanese audiences.
I have to disagree with these reactions – if anything, Lucky Chloe will fit in with the other weird characters. I mean, which other fighting game has a Mexican wrestle who never shows his face (the Kings), a giant panda and bear bodyguards (Panda and Kuma), a boxing kangaroo and lizard (Roger/Roger Jr. and Alex) and an OPed dinosaur (Gon)? Personally, I like her look (I’m a Japanese fan as well incase you hadn’t guessed) and her fighting style looks great and easy to get the hang of.
Of course, with this ‘suitable’ reaction, this lead to Harada to troll his fans when discussing Lucky Chloe on NeoGAF threads. He claimed that Lucky Chloe would only be available to Japanese and Europe regions and replacing her with a generic ‘well-muscled, skin-head, powerful’ male character. In his eyes, fans come first, or so it seems. But don’t worry – he has cleared the situation up and stated that his tweets ‘shouldn’t be taken seriously’.
(Full quote: “Because you don’t need that character right? It’s simple thing. And I’ll say “Don’t worry” again. I’ll release another character for you guys. I said We’ve more new characters. Example: Looks well-muscled, Skin-head, Very powerful attack (I don’t like this idea but if you need). RT@Lucasjrivarola Wait, I’m a little confused. So you’re saying that Chloe will not be available in America? May I ask why?“)
(Full quote: “Calm down and Don’t worry. That character are East Asia and Europe “Exclusive”. and I’ll say again. We’ve more new characters on TK7. She is JUST one of them. and She will be country exclusive (or region exclusive) character. We don’t include her for your region. That’s why I said Calm down and Don’t worry. RT@Ulect Please add a option to delete any character you do not want to play against in Arcade battle like Lucky Chloe please!!!!“)
(Full quote: “No, They want just Muscle & Skinhead (with Gun or MMA style) character (Of course I knew it ;)) RT@tokkanram I’m not from America, but if Lucky Chloe is really not playable for people in NA, all of my respect for you will be dead.“)
So I have one thing to say to those who wanted to delete Lucky Chloe for the character roster – you have to remember that she’s just a character in a video game. It’s not even compulsory to play her. You should be focusing on her fighting style because, after all, isn’t that what the game is about?
I’m looking forward to playing her – and the other new characters – for this highly anticipated game whether or not it includes a J-pop star like character. My main concern with this game is how the story will take place – why has Kazumi suddenly appeared, despite this story spanning nearly 25 years? (I worked that out in my head – please correct me if I’m wrong). What happened to Jin Kazama after the events of the Scenario Campaign in Tekken 6? Will this really be the conclusion of the Mishima saga?
I’m also pretty happy that Jin’s hoodie has returned.
- Tekken 7 is currently available to play in Japanese arcades presently. However, it has been revealed that it will be released on Playstation 4 and Xbox One at some point in the future.
- Watch Lucky Chloe’s reveal trailer here.
- Watch how Lucky Chloe deals in fights here (it’s also in HD).
- Also check out her Tekkenpedia page here (don’t worry, there’s no spoilers).
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