Harada teases two new non-Tekken projects
2014’s chimed in, with Namco Bandai’s fighting genre director Katsuhiro Harada revealing his desire to announce “two or three titles in this year.”
His comments came out of an extensive interview with 4Gamer in which he discussed his role in changes at Sony Computer Entertainment, handling multiple projects, and his engagement with fans through Twitter.
Namco Bandai are currently aiding development of Super Smash Bros., as well as having advised on Wii Sports Club’s online component.
“This year, as part of being the leader in the development of multiple free-to-play titles, I was also involved in the efforts to change the structures of the console gaming industry with the first party group of SCE (Sony Computer Entertainment). I hope to keep this going into next year as well.”
He continues, “Tekken is one of my life’s works, and while I can’t say much here, together with the titles we were going to announce this year, I’m also working on several other titles simultaneously with Tekken. From there, I’d like to announce at least two of those titles in 2014, and I feel that it’s something I must do.
“From there, there are a few titles that we’ve been quietly working on, and some we’ve been thinking about working on, so the year 2014 looks like it’ll be a tough one. Perhaps I’ll be asking readers on Twitter when I get stuck on ideas or hit a dead-end.
“Actually, I’ve had to be part of way too many mysterious jobs and non-paying holiday gigs from requests like ‘please show up at this event!’ and ‘please make a surprise appearance in this video!’ even if they weren’t proper plans like those ‘let’s learn from the creator!’ type events.
“For the year 2014, I’d like to focus more on my main job, so please continue supporting us… although first, I’ll be passing by New Year’s parties from other companies, and then I’ll seriously start on my main job!”