This past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con Capcom unveiled a brand new trailer for the upcoming Street Fighter X Tekken and surprised everyone with the newest challenger to join the fray: Poison.
Yes, Poison, the riding crop wielding transgender (post or pre-op depending on region) Final Fight and Street Fighter vixen who, you might recall, has high standards.
Poison is notable for being one of the few transgender characters in mainstream gaming, though she wasn't originally conceived as such.
When first introduced as a character in 1989's sidescrolling beat 'em up Final Fight she was female but was changed to being transgender to appease American audiences who found issue with the idea of hitting a woman. Ultimately she was replaced in the US version anyway and though every US port of Final Fight has excluded the pink-haired bombshell her trans-history remained intact when the franchise made the jump to 3D in 1999's Final Fight: Revenge.
On the subject of her gender, Street Fighter 4 producer Yoshinori Ono said in 2008,
Let's set the record straight: In North America, Poison is officially a post-op transsexual. But in Japan, she simply tucks her business away to look female.
Despite her relatively small number of in-game appearances, most merely cameos, Poison has been a longtime fan favorite character. She even got an official statue made of her!
Her popularity has led to appearances in many Capcom games, usually as Hugo's manager or as a background character a la Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, but she has always gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to being playable. To date her only playable appearance has been in Final Fight: Revenge, a game that only saw release in arcades and on Japanese Sega Saturns, with all subsequent playable appearances being either cut or canceled entirely.
Street Fighter X Tekken will be Poison's first playable appearance in over a decade and for many non-Japanese gamers this will be their first chance to get their hands on her.
There's really no other way to say that....
But here's the big question: With Poison making her long awaited playable appearance in one of the most highly anticipated fighters of 2012, will Capcom have the balls
see what I did there to retain Poison's history? It'd be a big loss for the Trans-gaming community if Capcom decided to retcon the poor gal.
Normally I'd say I trust Capcom to do the right thing but considering the last big decision they made I'm a little weary.
While we all speculate on that here's more footage of Poison in action.
Street Fighter X Tekken, now 100x more fabulous thanks to Poison, is due for release in March 2012.