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Tekken Tag 2: Harada explains Snoop Dogg’s involvement

Monday, 10th September 2012 08:20 GMT By Dave Cook

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is on the horizon, and game director Katsuhiro Harada has shed light on how the team got Snoop Dogg involved to write some original music for the game. Meanwhile, fans have reportedly uncovered six secret characters on the Tekken Tag 2 disc. Find out who they could be here.

In an interview with Gamespot Au, Harada explained his team’s desire to add more of a Western influence into the mix, “the Tekken team has always tried to implement different genres of music throughout the series, but one thing that we’ve never done was hip hop or rap.”

“This time it was a collaboration between our marketing team and the development team,” Harada added, “and we wanted to take this fighting game – Tekken – that was created by Eastern developers, and pair it with this Western music.”

“At first we weren’t focused on Snoop yet,” Harada continued, “We just knew that we wanted to use hip hop. When we approached out marketing folks they said, ‘you know, that’s kind of a good idea, and we’ve heard that Snoop Dogg is actually quite a fan of Tekken.’”

“So we decided that he could possible attempt to write an original song for Tekken, which he did. We also created a stage specifically for him, where he’s on the stage as well,” Harada concluded.

What’s your view on Snoop Dogg’s involvement? Is it a marketing ploy, or is it nice to see a fan of the series involved in this way? Let us know below.

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3 Comments

  1. Clupula

    Hate rap and this makes me slightly less likely to get the game. In fact, I think it’s a kind of bad thing for any musical artist to just show up in a game in an out of context way like this. Even if it was a musician I liked, I’d think it was a dumb idea. I mean, imagine, how silly it’d be if say Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir or P.J. Harvey or Mike Patton were in the background. It’d just look frigging dumb.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. deathm00n

    Okay, if he really is a fan of the series then for me it’s okay, but if they just hired the first famous guy they found to be part of the game then it was a very weird move. But I can’t imagine him playing games.

    Since tag is almost a spin-off with the funny side, this stage just added more weirdness to the game, I’ve kind liked it, not as fun as the sheep stage in 6 though…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Clupula

    @2 – I am absolutely in love with yodeling theme from 6. It is hilarious.

    #3 2 years ago

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