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Old Kunimitsu was blind and never spoke, this one is going to be quite different; Katsuhiro Harada offers interesting details on Tekken 7's new DLC

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • October 2, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. PDT • Comments: 31

An old favorite is getting a new look in Tekken 7 as Kunimitsu was revealed last weekend to be the game's next DLC entrant, but instead of simply bringing the fighter back as she originally appeared, Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada and his team have decided to go in a noticeably different direction.

The character we got to see in the new trailer is actually not the Kunimitsu we knew from Tekken 2 at all, but instead it's her daughter. While we expect plenty of overlap so that the newcomer will feel reasonably familiar to those who have traditionally selected her mother as their main, Harada actually shared a few other differences between the two that are well worth knowing.

Shortly after the reveal both Harada and his right hand man, Michael Murray, discussed some particulars regarding the kunoichi characters. "[The first Kunimitsu] didn’t disclose her face, but back in [Tekken] Tag 2, we made her face model in case the game data was compromised," started Bandai Namco's Director. There's been a lot of speculation over the years that the original Kuni was blind, but it wasn't until this talk at Tokyo Game Show that Harada finally clarified that this was indeed the case.

"Part of her characteristics is that she’s blind, but this time we have her daughter here to take her place. So her daughter took after the Kunimitsu name. She has her mask off, showing her face. But she’s a bit different from what you’d expect from Tekken."

Hardcore fans surely noticed some of the more evident differences between the family members right off the bat. The fact that this new one speaks, for instance, starkly contrasts the fact that we heard almost nothing from the original.

"She hardly talked, but this time she has lines like anyone else," Harada continued. "I was a bit surprised at how cute she sounds too. She may not initially feel like a Tekken character, but we figured we should change things a bit. I’m pretty sure a lot of people are going to like her. Well, her take was the mask she had on, so I asked for her to have a bit more impact, but I didn’t expect her to sound so cute."

We're assuming the majority of significant differences will remain in the visual and audial presentation of the new character, but Harada offered good news for diehards as the team at Bandai is making sure to appease those who are in it for the nostalgia.

"I think some viewers may have already noticed, but she appears with the former Kunimitsu’s mask and hairstyle. She will appear in the game with her personal set. But we also made it so that she can appear with the original Kunimitsu set," he added.

Already we're getting some juicy information on how the character will play once she joins the Tekken 7 roster later this year. If you'd like to hear the details there you can do so by watching around the 6:40:00 mark of the TGS stream.

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