A recent statement from Street Fighter V‘s producer Yoshinori Ono has divulged the reasoning behind R. Mika’s already infamous censorship, explaining that the change was so the game could “maintain a T-rating”, dismissing claims that it was due to recent feminist pressure to quash overly sexy games…
The censorship in question concerned R. Mika’s finisher, which had the saucy girl slapping her rump before committing a finishing move on her opponent, apparently causing so much disgust that the scene had to be “removed” – by panning the camera up slightly.
A video demonstrating the atrocious butt-slap (with the “headbutt” apparently being perfectly fine):
Yoshinori’s initial response to the whole censorship issue mentioned the acquiring and maintaining a new audience being a priority, rather than just servicing fans of the franchise:
Our objective with Street Fighter is to start over from zero[…] 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.”
The producer’s latest statement however has caused even more resentment amongst fans, due to his remark regarding how they wanted to keep a T-rating:
We are a ‘Teen’ rated franchise, and we want to make sure we keep that appeal to a very wide audience. We thought maybe in those instances things could’ve been pushed just a little bit too far so we had to tone it down slightly.
We want to make sure that Street Fighter remains a family friendly franchise and it’s that delicate balance that we play ensuring that we remain a teen game.
Naturally fans immediately noted the contradiction in his ratings remark, with games being incorrectly rated on a very frequent basis, and with some visual representations made by the naysayers seemingly getting the point across quite well:
Although such changes are hardly new, that developers are finally willing to admit to them – even in the face of considerable upset from fans – may mark progress of a sort, even if censors and anti-sex feminists can still claim clear victory.