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Bravely Default’s revealing costumes toned down for Western release

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Bravely Default was released last month in Europe and had a demo released yesterday in the US. Since then some fans have noticed something odd in the localized version of the game. Two costumes were altered in the western release to make them less revealing:

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The original Japanese costumes are shown on the right with the localized western costumes are shown on the left. The western release replaced one costume’s thong with a skirt while altering her top to show less cleavage; the other costume is composed of several belts worn up the character’s chest and stomach, which in the localization these were thickened so as not to show any skin. With Bravely Default’s job system the character’s costumes are tied to their class rather than tied to any particular character.

Other changes were also made in the localization, with several characters having their ages altered (from 15, 16 and 17 to from 18, 19 and 20 respectively) and some instances of sexual innuendo being removed as well. So far though it appears that the changes are all superficial and don’t affected the story at all.

This isn’t the first time a 3DS game has been subject to changes in localization for reasons of modesty. It’s well known at this point how an image of the character Tharja from the Fire Emblem: Awakening Summer Scramble DLC was edited to make it less revealing.

The game will release in the United States on February 7th.

How do you feel about this? Do you feel that these changes were warranted, or were they just needless censorship? Let us know in the comments, but please, keep it civil.

[Source Polygon]

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  • Kuromad

    It’s sad. But I guess this is done to maintain the age 12+ rating.

  • DallasDiatorei

    Honestly it wasn’t really all that bad before clothing-wise. And certainly not that big of a change. I am definitely pleased about some of the sexual innuendoes being taken out though, as I am sort of prude. (why do i feel like i’m going to get downvotes just for saying that?) I would have been fine with the clothes how they were though, as i don’t really see bodies as sexual things. But innuendoes are made for the sole purpose of making something sexual. So yeah, good news. For me at least, as that may have possibly taken away from my experience with the game as I /definitely/ plan on getting it. But then that’s just me. I expect a lot of people to not like the changes and that is just fine. We are all entitled to our own opinions after all.

  • abe

    in the west we see an art style we make assumptions around that, where as in japan the art style is just style and can tell any story. (i have decided not to mention the obvious reason for the lack of clothes ect as i’m sure its been said many times before)

  • Virus6

    While I don’t feel like it is necessary, it’s not a big deal and I can totally see why they would err on the side of caution. Some ultra-conservative prudish soccer moms could buy this for their kid and freak out. It doesn’t affect the game at all, so really no one should care.

    • greengecko007

      While it’s not a major issue, I does frustrate me. The game is still rated T for teen, so soccer moms have only themselves to blame if they find that the game isn’t appropriate for their 9 year olds.

      This action would make more sense if they wanted to lower the rating to E10+ or E in order to change the target audience, but that’s not what they did.

  • LoZ4life98

    Seems a little silly, but oh well. It doesn’t really matter to me.

  • Ducked

    Animated women don’t really turn me on lol. But I can see why they did this, most people in the West that own a 3DS are younger, unlike in Japan where most Teens and Adults own one. I do think it shows a little much for a T game.

  • Untrentide

    Meh, Whether the outfit reveals more or less shouldnt take away from the game.

  • AAAkabob

    I played the demo and the game is dope. That being said anybody who complains about the changes, you’re a sad person for being mad that you can’t pretend the girls in the game aren’t half naked 15 years olds

  • Caitlin♂

    Don’t really see how it effects the gameplay, I’ll still be getting it hands down. Though I don’t care about it too much teen content being in a teen rated game has no reason to be censored.

  • http://its-yuma-tsukumo.tumblr.com/ Yuma Tsukumo

    I remember this happening with Fire Emblem Awakening too. In the west the character named Tharja is censored in a DLC pack.

  • MissFlesh

    I think it’s a good change. Looks much better with the changes and I prefer the new clothes.

  • ETeach

    We’re very picky about sexual content in the west aren’t we? Too bad we can’t swap that opinion with our views of violence. I’d take half naked vampire ladies over… whatever was happening in dead space… any day of the week.

    • Blue Hernandez

      Agreed!

  • Denvy

    Needless censorship, but I don’t care either way. Excited to play the game regardless and this does nothing to detract from that.

  • Blue Hernandez

    Well that’s lame I guess. Sometimes I wonder what’s wrong with us Americans to get all wierd about something like this but letting having next to no cencership on violence whatsoever??

  • TaintedXGamer

    Lol On Chibi looking Charcter’s models?! Censorship isn’t all it’s cracked out to be eh? XD
    Also this is one of the few times, I wish i was born in a Hardly giving 2 f***s about censoring S*** Country. all woe is me.