Provocative R. Mika and Cammy gestures removed from view in latest Street Fighter 5 beta build, community responds with perplexity

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • November 8, 2015 at 2:08 p.m. PST

Earlier this weekend, Capcom ran a mini Street Fighter 5 beta test that introduced an updated version of the game, along with newcomer Laura. Amidst the excitement of new features and fighters, some keen-eyed observers noticed an interesting change made to both R. Mika and Cammy.


In this version of the beta, the camera was altered to remove R. Mika's now trademark "butt slap" during her critical art animation and the underside view of Cammy during her intro from view.

You can see R. Mika's critical art before and after the change below.


Click images for animated versions

Hit the jump to check out the Cammy alteration.

Needless to say, this abrupt censorship has gotten fans talking.

As it stands right now, a number of people who've bore witness to these changes seem to be upset about them. Numerous Twitter users have expressed their opinions on the social media site with many asking: why?

This confusion isn't misguided, however, with fans pointing out that the game still harbors characters with outfits that exhibit quite a lot of skin during battle and features violence.

These themes are commonplace in modern fighting games and are no stranger to the Street Fighter series. What it boils down to is: fans simply don't understand why these seemingly innocuous animations were edited out.

Design Director at Sony Santa Monica, Derek Daniels, offered a counterpoint that many might not have considered. Speaking on Twitter, Daniels explained that games still under development will undergo a number of changes before release, and without a view beneath the hood, the public won't fully understand some of the decisions that are made along the way.

Whether or not these changes will stick is yet to be determined. Capcom will be running more mini beta tests before the official beta #3 phase, so we can expect to learn more once that time comes.

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