Back in August, Capcom surprised us by announcing that Rainbow Mika is returning in Street Fighter V. One of Rainbow’s colorful moves involves her tauntingly slapping herself on the butt, but last month Capcom changed this. While the motion still happens, the camera moves so that the player cannot see it happening.
Quite a few players were upset by this, so Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono has stepped forward to explain the decision. Ono denies that public outcry led to the change, instead asserting that the development team themselves decided the change needed to be made.
“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.’
“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.
“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.”
— Yoshinori Ono
Ono and the rest of Capcom want Street Fighter V to be enjoyed by as many people as possible, and the team has decided that Mika’s butt-slapping will likely cross a line with too many people and limit sales potential.