Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono in a recent interview to Jogos has clarified the development team stand behind Street Fighter V’s ButtSlap and other things that are censored in the game. Recently, Street Fighter V received big criticism because of two characters seen as extremely sexualized including the Brazilian Laura. In a recent interview (translated by Neogaf user Moraizen) to our friend at UOL Jogos, Street Fighter V creator Yoshinori Ono guaranteed that Capcom wants to erase that notion so that their game doesn’t disturb the female audience.
“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'”
If you can recollect properly, Rainbow Mika slapped her butt during one attack sequence, but it was removed. This led to a rumor among fans that there is some kind of censorship applied to Street Fighter V. On this topic Ono said:
“We didn’t make any change because of external influences. 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 main objective of the development team 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” Ono said.
Street Fighter V is scheduled to launch on February 16 for PlayStation 4 on February 16.