Street Fighter 6 Developers Hiring Black Consultants for Designing Kimberly
Fans around the globe celebrated the reveal of Street Fighter 6’s new challenger Kimberly with the same enthusiasm and joy as Kimberly. All accounts seemed to agree that the ninja character was a success for representation. It represented a positive and undeniably cool subset of black culture, rarely seen in fighting games. This successful portrayal is due to People who knew what they were talking about.
Fanbyte interviewed Street Fighter 6 Director Takayuki Nagayama and Shuhei Matsumoto. They mentioned how they love creating characters; Kimberly is a prime example.
Nakayama stated that many people on the team love Black culture. We spoke to many Black employees in the company to help us make her authentic. We also hired consultants who helped us design her character and her mannerisms.
Nakayama stated that various characters from around the globe define Street Fighter. It is essential to ensure that these characters are authentic and genuine. Matsumoto and Nakayama repeatedly stressed that Street Fighter 6 is a priority. This lesson was learned while working on Street Fighter V. They believe authentic characters are part of that ethos.
Although much of the Street Fighter 6 roster has been leaked, reactions to the actual unveilings of the characters are overwhelming. Even veteran characters like Ryu or Chun-Li are getting people excited. Before the game’s marketing ends, many characters are still to showcase, including veterans and newcomers. They’re all expected to be as popular as the rest of the roster.