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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:

Predictably, many fans replied to the tweet expressing their heartfelt concern, which triggered the following replies:

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.


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Mario_maniac said:

If it was a publicity stunt, it would be pretty disgusting. People go missing all the time and that's not something to capitalise on.

I hope he's safe and well. Logging into Steam daily isn't the same comfort as just calling your office and telling them you're unwell.



Einherjar said:

Cant you just massege him on steam, asking him whats up ? Maybe hes just ill and the paperwork didnt reach the ofice ?
And if hes logged onto steam, isnt that a sign das hes home ans someone should just gover over to him, knock on his door and ask how he feals ?
It cant be that hard to get in touch with him.
Nevertheless, i hope hes ok.



haniwa said:

That comment on him appearing on Steam daily sort of made me chuckle after the seriousness of the rest of the article.



Araknie said:

He was too deep in to Steam gaming that he got lost in the intrawebs of gaming.
It's understandable.



Ichiban said:

Maybe he just needed to get away from it all for a while and not be bothered at all. I hope he turns up safe and well soon



Pikachupwnage said:

If its a publicity stunt I will be extremely disgusted with Namco.

That said Harada is a awesome guy and I hope he is okay.



Macarony64 said:

The twit was in english instead of japanese. If people get lost why said to look for it on another country language?



DarkNinja9 said:

guess they never heard of ppl getting sick or taking a break for once e.O but eh if there at least worried they should of had someone go to his place and find out if hes ok <.<



Einherjar said:

Read a nice idea on another site. Meybe he makes some sort of "believed to be dead man returns more powerful then ever" haihachi impression on E3, showing off a new game, which would be awesome and pretty low at the same time.
I still hope that this is all just a tasteless stunt, because the steam thing sounds quite fishy to me.



justinj42 said:

Uhhh, yeah, Katsuhiro, you're gonna need to come in to work today. Did you put the cover sheets on those TPS reports?



ArkOne77 said:

@ Rafie ...Let's not get the "Jump To Conclusions Mat" out here. I think Lumberg stole em'!



odd69 said:

The dude just needed a drink and a break from work. Its not even a stunt, its more stress related I bet.



TeeJay said:

This shouldn't even be news. This happens all the time in the workplace. People skip work, feel sick, etc. Normal.



JusticeColde said:

He's either feeling lazy, sick or he just needs time away from work.

I should know, my mom is a travel agent.



JaxonH said:

It has to be a publicity stunt. No other scenario makes sense, and here's why. If he TRULY was missing, someone would have called his phone, or stopped by (as someone pointed out above). Furthermore, how do they know he logged into Steam? If they were truly concerned enough about his absense to contact authorities, we would know about it. The simple fact they said he's logged into Steam every day is a give-a-way that they don't want to worry people by this info. Obviously, if he's logging into Steam he's chillin' and gaming out, in which case everything is FINE. It's just so obvious, and there's so many question marks in this it could be mistaken for The Riddler. Like "how do they know his login and password for Twitter", "how did they gain knowledge that he logged into Steam, which should be confidential", and "if he is in fact logging into Steam, which indicates he's more than fine, why wouldn't he call into work". Nope. Doesn't add up.



EarthboundBenjy said:

AWOL just means gone without any notice. I think it originally stood for "away without official leave", maybe?

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