Capcom Changes Sakura’s Face In Street Fighter V after Years of Complaints

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Capcom added Sakura Kasugano to Street Fighter V in January 2018 to bolster the popular fighter’s roster of DLC characters. Years later, the company’s designers have been compelled to revisit the fan-favorite, Ryu-idolizing character following what was apparently endless complaints over her appearance.

As illustrated by various screenshots shared by players on r/StreetFighter and other social media, Capcom has delivered an update that not only changes Sakura’s fighting stance on the character select and versus screens, but her face as well. Gone is the bug-eyed look, replaced by something that arguably looks more natural and acceptable for Street Fighter V players who have made Sakura their waifu.

It appears that Capcom didn’t have to do a lot work either, as Sakura’s new character select appearance looks to be a perfect match for her in-game model. All Capcom seems to have done is swap the models, but it isn’t clear why they were different in the first place.

Street Fighter V fans have now moved on to pressure Capcom into changing the appearance for Ryu’s best friend and popular rival, Ken Masters. The character looks strangely goofy on the versus screen, at least in comparison to his in-game and story models, which look quite different.

Capcom’s new Street Fighter V update is complemented by the arrival of two classic characters today, Oro and Akira. Oro is a 140-year-old Japanese hermit who was introduced in Street Fighter III: New Generation, while Akira is a character from another one of Capcom’s popular fighting game franchises, Rival Schools.

Oro and Akira can be acquired with the Street Fighter V Season 5 Character Pass or the Season 5 Premium Pass. Both characters can also be purchased separately for MSRP $5.99 or 100,000 Fight Money. Additionally, the Rival Riverside stage is available for $3.99 or 70,000 Fight Money.

Sources: BurnoutFighter, Steam

Tsing Mui
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