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Street Fighter V underwent some changes and a while ago, around November beta testers were noticing some cinematic changes to some of the fighters in Street Fighter V, here’s why these cinematics have changed.

This isn’t the first change Capcom made to my beloved Street Fighter franchise, Cammy underwent similar changes: originaly  Cammy’s face featured a more angular design, Cammy looked noticeable different than her previous Street Fighter incarnations, which had large eyes and rounder features. Capcom has changed both her facial feauters and since last november her cinematics were changed in a way that her crotch is slightly less visible.

However, the most noticeable change is R. Mika’s Butt slap, by changing the camera angle a bit her slap is now completely out of sight. The video below features the before and after cinematic version of R. Mika’s butt slap:

A lot of fans, including me were a bit devastated by this change and were wondering why these changes were made. Was this pure cencorship, did some women’s right organization object this display? Did Capcom change the cinematics because they wanted to address a younger audience, did they wanted to be taken more seriously? This action raised an awful lot of questions and we were given no answers. Yoshinori ono finally answered these questions in an interview with Brazilian site UOL (which has been translated by NeoGAF member Moraizen).

Regarding the discussion about feminism in videogames and the way the heroines are portrayed in them, “Street Fighter V” has been criticized because of two characters seen as extremely sexualized – including the Brazilian Laura.

“Our objective with ‘Street Fighter V’ is to start over from zero”, explains Ono. “We want the professional players and the casual fans of the series to return, but we also want to reach those who have never even touched a fighting game. So we can’t have something in the game that makes people think, ‘This is not acceptable’”.

Rainbow Mika slapped her butt during one attack sequence, but the action was removed. That led some fans to question if some kind of ‘censorship’ had occurred

“We didn’t make any change because of external influences,” he says. “Those changes came up internally. We decided to remove that because we want the biggest possible number of people to play, and we don’t want to have something in the game that might make someone uncomfortable.”

The objective, according the producer, is to have characters that people like, and not put them off the game

“Probably we won’t be able to remove everything that could offend someone. But our goal is, at least, to reduce that number as much as possible so that they think ‘Ok, there is this issue here, but it is within the limits’. We want that everyone can play and enjoy without worrying about anything else”

Street Fighter V will be available without butt slaps on Playstation 4 and PC February 16, 2016.

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Kevin "Method" van Dongen

Ain't no thing like me, except me. I am the biggest half behind this website and love to write about my deep love for fighting games, (J)RPG's and Destiny. Really do not like Call of Duty and absolutely love pizza.

  • Aww I missed these little flips. But it’s okay, we can see R. Mika’s butt everywhere on the internet 🙂