Alarm Raised After Tekken Producer Goes AWOL, Doesn't Turn Up For Work
Posted by Damien McFerran
Something to worry about, or publicity stunt?
Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has been working on the franchise for almost two decades, and is one of the most recognisable faces within the walls of Namco Bandai. However, it has been reported by his co-workers that Harada-san hasn't been turning up at work lately — prompting a rather worrying tweet sent from his personal account, which has presumably been accessed by his colleagues:
*This is TEKKEN Project support team* Mr.Harada has been missing from office since a week ago. We are still searching for him. Thanks.— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) June 5, 2013
Predictably, many fans replied to the tweet expressing their heartfelt concern, which triggered the following replies:
*This is TEKKEN Project support team* There appear to be some news articles worrying for Harada-san's safety (cont...— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) June 5, 2013
...cont) However, we were able to confirm he has been logged into Steam daily, so we believe he is OK, but just has not shown up for work.— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) June 5, 2013
The last tweet officially made by Harada was on May 26th.
Could this be a publicity stunt leading up to a possible Tekken-related announcement at E3? Perhaps we're finally going to learn more about Tekken Revolution, which was recently rated by the Australian Classifications Board? Or is Harada-san really in some kind of trouble? Share your theories in the comments section below.