We learn more about Street Fighter 3 as we look back the design details of the game. Today we learn that Sean was meant to be the easy fighter for your friends. Ken student was meant as a handicap originally yet he turns out to be one of the fans favorites. See how he changed below.
“Sean – A youngster who wants to become Ken’s disciple. His older sister, Laura, appears in Street Fighter 5.
Capcom Representative: Was Sean decided on from the very beginning?
Tomoshi Sadamoto: No, he wasn’t. But we felt we didn’t have quite enough characters, so…
We weren’t able to complete Hugo in time, so we delayed him to 2nd Impact, and at that point, we just felt it’d be nice to have a character based off of Ryu and Ken.
But, we also planned to have him used as kind of a handicap, where good players can say “Hey, come on, let’s keep playing, I’ll use Sean”, and their friends could still keep playing with them even with a skill gap.
With that as our goal, we really had no choice but to make him weak. So, since Sean is weak, we decided he’d be a disciple in the story. “He’s a disciple for a reason, so it’s fine if he’s weak now”, we figured, haha.
During Street Fighter 2, players were always fighting eachother to level up, but with Street Fighter 3, and I suppose the Darkstalkers series as well, it wasn’t much of a fight anymore when a skilled player went up against an unskilled player.
We didn’t feel like we could just ask our players to grind single modes first to level up, so we made Sean as a contingency plan for that.
The people who were already into fighting games would level up quickly, and making up that difference is pretty difficult.
Nowadays, I work on developing games for smartphones, but that particular aspect really hasn’t gone away, and it probably never will. ”
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