Capcom speaks out on changing Street Fighter 5's risqué visuals - 'We work very closely with the ESRB to ensure that we remain a Teen rated franchise'

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • December 12, 2015 at 10:38 p.m. PST

A few weeks back, Capcom decided to alter a few camera angles during the development process of Street Fighter 5. These small alterations became the source of quite a bit of banter in the community.


Two of the female characters, Cammy and R. Mika, had what some would consider risque visual sequences. Although neither character's outfit is very conservative in nature, the camera angles that focused directly on more provocative body parts wound up hitting the cutting room floor.

The community almost instantly divided into two camps: one that agreed with the edits, and one viewed them as high-handed censorship. While the game is purposed for the fans, making any judgements on someone else's unreleased product, especially without knowing their motivations, is probably a bit rash.

Seeing as this has remained a hot topic for the community, we decided to ask Capcom's Director of Brand Marketing & Esports, Matt Dahlgren, exactly why the team decided to make these changes.

Dahlgren was happy to respond, and you can see what he said after the jump.
Dahlgren gives it to us straight, and to the point.

"First and foremost, it's a product still in development, so things get tweaked as we go along. If something could be considered ‘going too far,’ then we might have to scale things back.

“We work very closely with the ESRB to make sure we're a Teen rated franchise, and that's the primary, driving factor," he said.

There it is, right from the source. Capcom felt that the sequences in question could be considered a threat to the game's Teen rating.

It's been evident since very early in the game's life that developers are trying to reach as wide of an audience as possible.

Street Fighter games have traditionally carried a Teen rating, and deviating from that would probably be a bigger disservice to fans than including a few titillating visuals.

Hopefully this is enough of an answer to satisfy the community, and allow us to move on to more pressing matters.

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