Resi 5 had no changes after racism row

Written by Joe Martin

February 16, 2009 | 11:45

Tags: #horror #racism #resident-evil #survival-horror #zombie

Companies: #capcom

Resident Evil 5 producer, Masachika Kawata, has said that despite allegations of racism in Capcom's latest game no changes have been made to Resident Evil 5.

"I don't recall modifying the game in any way after the controversy of racism," said Kawata-san in an interview with Eurogamer recently.

The allegations first surfaced when Newsweek's N'Gai Croal mentioned the issue in an interview last year in which he commented on how apparently only black people were presented as enemies in the game.

"It was a little bit of a surprise for us as obviously the game is set in Africa and so depicting native Africans was a natural thing to do," said Kawata-san in Capcom's defense, again insisting that this was a total non-issue and that it hadn't altered development of the survival horror title. In fact, the Resident Evil 5 producer remarked on how quickly the row had faded from the public's memory.

"One thing I remember is that after the introduction of the character Sheva, who is half-African, half-European, everything died down and we're quite happy with that," he said.

Resident Evil 5 is currently set for a release on the 13th of March for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, so we'll be able to check it out and form our own thoughts soon enough. Until then, let us know what you think in the forums.
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