During a Game Developers Conference talk yesterday evening, Capcom’s art director Toshiyuki Kamei showed off some early prototypes of the now-infamous Hot Ryu from Street Fighter V. Well, it’s not necessarily the Hot Ryu design so much as a scantily-clad design for Ryu with a beard, but in my book, that still counts as a “Hot Ryu prototype.”

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In his final iteration, Ryu and the rest of the SFV roster look cartoony and exaggerated, but Hot Ryu used to live in the uncanny valley! Kamei explained that the playdough-esque appearance of Ryu and his fellow fighters came about because it was more difficult to visually interpret moves when the characters had this grimy, shadowy, grounded-in-reality aesthetic. The brightly-lit playdough muscles and yarn-like hair of SFV hasn’t made for attractive screenshots, but the game is easier to play as a result of those choices .

If you ask me, Hot Ryu’s actually a lot cuter in the cartoony style. Sadly, Ken doesn’t look nearly as good. But that’s why they’re rivals, right?