Remember Josie Rizal, the first Filipino Tekken character? We posted about it here. It turns out she might not have the chance to set foot in the game if the Namco Bandai is forced to change her name.
According to an article from Inquirer, Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada tweeted last Thursday he would delete Josie Rizal from the game if the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) would issue a statement forcing him to drop the character’s name.
Harada said that Josie was developed for the Filipino gaming community and if she does not get support from Filipinos, it is very easy for the gaming company to delete her.
“If Josie can’t get supported in the Philippines, we give her up anytime. Tekken 7 arcade board has a network update system. We can change plan and change characters anytime and quickly,” he said.
While some netizens were disappointed with the character, others think she’s a good addition to the game. Those who like her claim Josie can help highlight our country, the Filipino martial arts eskrima, and her namesake, Jose Rizal.
Deleting Josie Rizal from the game is a bit extreme in my opinion. I mean, if the character really is for Filipino gamers, then changing the name shouldn’t really be an issue. Then again, they do have the right to do whatever needs to be done for the good of the Tekken franchise.