Game News Street Fighter 6: this cult character may never return, explanations
Introduced in 1993, Fei Long is definitely one of the iconic heads of the Street Fighter franchise. However, according to one of the important members of the development team of the fifth opus, it could be deleted from the cast… or else, largely modified.
29 years of activity, it takes a long time
Fei Long first appeared in Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers in 1993: in the lore, he is a martial arts expert as well as a huge movie star. The resemblance to Bruce Lee is obvious and frankly assumed and so far it didn’t seem to bother anyone too much. Until now, therefore.
Because for Street Fighter V music composer Daniel Lindholm, Fei Long may well be ancient history and for good reason: his parodic look of Bruce Lee… poses a problem for the real family of Bruce Lee. Here are his words, dropped during a live on YouTube:
I have other sources, not just from Capcom, but friends of mine in the States who are very close friends of the Lee family. They basically said that any form of resemblance to Mr. Bruce Lee is now banned for comedic effect. It has to be honourable. That’s why we won’t see Fei Long again. Never again.
It would only be a theory
A damn sharp speech that will not fail to arouse curiosity. After almost thirty years of existence, Fei Long would therefore not be in Street Fighter 6 or in the next games of the saga? This is clearly what Daniel Lindholm has just said. : the English-speaking site vg247 then took the liberty of contacting him to get more information and it seems that he came back to kick in touch.
I was talking hypothetically about Fei Long, which is not a proven fact. As for Mr. Lee’s family, it’s been discussed for years, especially for Quentin Tarantino (in the movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, ed) for the way he portrayed Mr. Lee in a bad light, which was not appreciated. It’s a fact and something the family has protected for a long time.
It’s hard to know if Lindholm pulled the rug out from under Capcom by revealing a big secret or if he just ventured a little too far without verifying his information. Because if the family of Bruce Lee is indeed opposed to Capcom in the representation of Fei Long, we imagine that the developers then only have to modify the character to make it “honourable”, without going through the deletion box pure and hard… We’ll see.