Speaking to Kotaku at CAPTIVATE08, Resident Evil 5 producer Jun Takeuchi has claimed is was never the teams intention to offend over race issues with the game, and that no design decisions have been affected by Newsweek journalist N’Gai Croal’s claim that the title’s first trailer dovetails with “classic racist imagery”.
“In terms of the reaction, we’re in the business of entertainment,” Takeuchi said. “We didn’t set out to make a racist game or a political statement. We did feel there was a misunderstanding about the initial trailer.”
“No, not really,” he added when asked if the format of the game had changed at all after the issues blew up, saying that the claims “didn’t have any effect on the game design.”
Resident Evil 5, as you almost certainly know, is set in Africa. More through the link.