What has Capcom learned from the row about racism that blew up over the slaughter of non-white African 'infected' by white American saviours in Resident Evil 5? It learned that Japan feels differently about racism than America.
US PR manager Melody Pfeiffer told Gamasutra
that, "Since the RE5
controversy, we have become much more aware of how important it is that we are part of the asset creation process early on so that we are able to have a say in the end product."
So, if the Japanese wing of Capcom makes game assets that are apparently racist, the Western arm needs to ensure that those assets are more controlled?
Says Melody, "We are also designing a lot of our own assets from this side of the pond so that we are able to make strategic pieces of content that make sense for our market."
So, the apparently racist stuff can still go into the Japanese versions then?
Melody says this, "We are working really closely with our producers in Japan to construct these materials for the West and they are open more then ever to hearing our thoughts and ideas for assets."
Yup, that's what it looks like.