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Street Fighter 5 Director shares rare early storyboards for Urien and Remy's endings in Third Strike revealing changes to the final release

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 13, 2022 at 4:09 a.m. PDT • Comments: 6

Storyboarding is not something that's often thought about in the realm of fighting games, but they are an extremely important part of the development process to flesh and build characters, stories and the world of the titles.

Street Fighter 5 Director Takayuki Nakayama recently began sharing early storyboards depicting the arcade endings for Urien and Remy in Street Fighter 3: Third Strike, which reveal cool behind-the-scenes looks at Capcom's ideas at the time as well as some changes that didn't make their way into the final game.

Remy's proposed scenes are very close to what players see in Third Strike with the fighter swimming down to the Bay of Biscay to see his dead sister encased in ice to say goodbye to her and seemingly his life as a fighter.

There are some interesting bits included in the texts on the storyboard though like dialogue for Remy saying he's come to see her one more time and that he'd become just like the fighters he hated.

Urien's storyboards, on the other hand, show off a number of changed details with the first being the tower of the Secret Society looking like a much more modern skyscraper instead of what would become the building that resembles the Tower of Babel.

Instead of the tubes containing bodies of past Illuminati leaders including Gill's, the original plan was going to be a good bit darker with a giant sphere (with the notes of looking something like the Death Star from Star Wars) having containers with their visible brains.

It appears that Nakayama pulled these sheets out of the files stored away at Capcom for decades and could be the first time players have ever seen the images, considering they aren't included in the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (though we can't confirm they didn't appear in an artbook over the years).

The SF5 Director also recently posted a bunch of awesome retro-style artworks for the first Street Fighter Alpha, so this isn't the first time he's shared rare looks at these classic games.

You can check out the arcade ending storyboards for Urien and Remy below, and compare them to the final products thanks to Igor Grigo.

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