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Katsuhiro Harada Supervised Astro’s Playroom Tekken Cameo

Astro's Playroom Tekken

Players have discovered a Tekken reference tucked away in the world of the new PlayStation 5 title, Astro’s Playroom. Katsuhiro Harada, who has worked on the Tekken franchise for the last 26 years, retweeted a video of the reference. In the tweet, he mentions that he was a supervisor for the Astro’s Playroom cameo.

Astro’s Playroom is a title that is included free with every PlayStation 5. It comes pre-installed and is a way for PlayStation 5 owners to experience  some of the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller’s features like its adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, accelerometer, and gyroscope. Astro’s Playroom is meant to be a multi-hour game rather than a tech demo.

The reference itself depicts two small robots fighting one another. Atop their robot heads are the iconic hairdos of Kazuya and Heihachi from Tekken fame. They even execute moves that should be reminiscent of those characters to fans of the franchise. The entire encounter is being filmed by a robot in a blue hat. Astro’s Playrom contains multiple robot cameramen like this, and they are frequently paired with references to games like Knack, Beyond: Two Souls, Spyro, and Ridge Racer. There’s even a reference to Flower thrown in there.

Astro’s Playroom is available now on the PlayStation 5.

Benjamin Maltbie
Benjamin is a writer from Upstate New York who has spent the past five years learning to survive the summers of Phoenix, Arizona. When he isn't playing video games, he is rambling at length about tabletop RPGs or diving down rabbit holes on Wikipedia. He has been writing about video games for the last twelve years and can't imagine stopping anytime soon.