Katsuhiro Harada, the longtime producer of Bandai Namco’s Tekken collection of combating video games, has begun a brand new side-gig as a bartender. The primary episode of Harada’s Bar sees former Sony Laptop Leisure chairman Ken Kutaragi pay a go to to Harada’s tavern, with the duo reminiscing in regards to the early days of PlayStation and Tekken.
One of many funnier tales from the video concerned Kutaragi revealing how the headquarters for PlayStation Japan was chosen, which was stored separate from the principle Sony constructing attributable to it not being close to any first rate bars.
“There was the principle Sony workplace in Shinagawa at the moment, however there may be nothing round at evening. There have been a number of locations to drink however they closed at 8 pm,” Kutaragi mentioned. “We needed to speak to varied creators and sport firms about our aspirations, so we determined to maneuver to a extra lively a part of town.”
Harada additionally revealed that that the PlayStation founder would recurrently carry a cask of sake with him to Namco each time a venture with PlayStation was accomplished, a practice that Microsoft wasn’t conscious of.
“Referring to that, additionally here’s a comic story everybody laughed at me about,” Harada mentioned. “We had labored with solely PlayStation for some time, subsequently I believed it was widespread that every time a venture was accomplished, the president of first-party visits with a case of sake. Then, after 21 years, we launched Tekken for the primary time on one other platform, on Xbox 360 in 2009 and after we lastly accomplished the venture, I puzzled why Microsoft would not present up with a cask of sake. Then I requested about this and so they answered, “in fact this isn’t a typical incidence in any respect.'”
Kutaragi has been working because the CEO of Tokyo’s Ascent Robotics lately, a job he mentioned intimately for the remainder of the episode. As for Harada, he hasn’t given up his day job on Tekken 7 and the sport is getting ready so as to add Polish Prime Minister Lidia Sobeiska to its roster later this 12 months.