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Capcom on RE5: “We didn’t set out to make a racist game”

Wednesday, 4th June 2008 06:33 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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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.

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  1. Panipal2005

    I’m not sure about the ‘no effect on the game design bit’, I bet the white guys were hastily added after the controversy blew up. That just seems like the sort of thing a PR guy couldn’t or wouldn’t admit the truth about.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Panipal2005

    Or a games producer, even

    #2 6 years ago
  3. mart

    Christ. It’s so sad that we still live in times where this could be considered an issue.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. patlike

    To be fair, it is a game about a big pretty white man going to a town full of evil black people and murdering them all. It’s not incredibly surprising that some might take offence, surely?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. mart

    It’s not surprising, no, but it is a shame it does offend people nontheless. Oh well, no point getting into a debate about it really, it’s always pointlessly cyclical.

    #5 6 years ago