And on May 29, he replied to a tweet from user KunehoKun who said he loved Harada's work and hoped he could add Filipino characters to his projects. Harada's reply:
Jollibeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! I'll consider.- Katsuhiro Harada
Harada's answer to KunehoKun and the fact that he mentioned the most popular fast food chain in the Philippines led netizens, especially console gamers, to think that Harada might be thinking about making Jollibee a new character in Tekken 7, the next game in the Tekken series.
Local fans of the fighting game Tekken were happy to hear that Jollibee will be in Tekken 7. Abe Olandes wrote on Twitter that Jollibee + Tekken 7 = Tekkenjoy, which is a play on the name of Jollibee's perfectly seasoned, crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside fried chicken called Chickenjoy.
Harada brought up the idea of a Filipino character in Tekken almost six years ago, when he went to the Philippines to take part in a Tekken 6 tournament at SM Mall of Asia. When asked what he had planned for Tekken in the future, he said:
For the future, we make each character, a new character we choose and the player can play a new type of moves and new kind of playing style, and also this time we have foreign intervene, maybe we can add Filipino character in the future, because the heat of the players here are very strong, so maybe in the future we can make a new character from the Asian chapter.- Katsuhiro Harada
So, will Jollibee be the Filipino character Harada talked about in the new Tekken 7 game? The "Tekkenheads" in the Philippines are now very happy. They want to know what Jollibee's most famous move would be, if it had one.
But not everyone is excited about Jollibee being in Tekken. Even though he likes Jollibee, a blogger suggested to Harada that Lapu-Lapu, Urduja, Sultan Kudarat, and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao could be Filipino Tekken Fighters.
He said that he would play Tekken again if Harada took his ideas seriously. He even put a picture of Manny Pacquiao as a Tekken fighter on his blog.
If Harada decides to add Jollibee, it would be the second Filipino character in Tekken, after Josie Rizal, who was added in 2015.
The kickboxing, eskrima-skilled female character caused a stir when it came out because some people said she wasn't Filipino enough. Harada also said he would get rid of the character if the Philippine government complained about the name, which was based on the name of a famous Filipino hero.
Tekken is what Harada is best known for. He is also the general manager of Bandai Namco, a famous Japanese company that makes and sells video games. Harada is in charge of making all of Bandai Namco's original games, including Tekken, Ace Combat, Tales of Dark Soul, and Soul Calibur.
The Tekken franchise is home to a diverse group of characters that span different ethnicities and creatures from Russians to Japanese and from Pandas to Devils. If you believe what Katsuhiro Harada says on Twitter, Tekken 7 could be the game where a Filipino fighter joins the roster.
A lot of Filipinos are wondering if Jollibee is being considered as a new fighting character in the fighting game Tekken 7. Katsuhiro Harada, the creator of Tekken, is thinking about putting a Filipino character in Tekken 7. This is because he "loves" the Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee.