In the past few days, fans noticed that Capcom made some changes to Rainbow Mika’s animation and to the camera angles of her cutscenes in the latest version of Street Fighter V‘s beta.
The tweaks partly hid her well known “butt slap” taunt, and changed the split inflicted to the opponent at the end of a tag-team move with Nadeshiko.
This caused a reaction within the fanbase, and a petition has been launched in order to convince Capcom to revert the change. At the moment it has gathered 1,954 signatures, and it can be found here.
Interestingly, Capcom also seems to have tweaked Cammy’s intro animation, that previously showcased her crotch area a lot more closely.
Your mileage may vary on whether this can really be defined censorship, as we’re talking about in-development changes, which are rather common in the industry before a game launches. Yet, it’s hard not to point out that including a strongly and intentionally provocative character like Rainbow Mika, with enormous semi-naked breasts that bounce like water balloons, and then hiding a butt slap, seems to make very little logical sense and feels very gratuitous.
That said, if you feel strongly about the changes, this is your chance to make your voice heard.