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Bravely Default’s Western release sees female costumes censored, ages increased

Friday, 3 January 2014 11:56 GMT By Dave Cook

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy’s Western release appears to have brought with it a range of censorship changes, most notably an attempt to make female costumes less revealing and making characters a few years older.

Posting on the IGN boards, one user has produced a side-by-side comparison from both versions of Square’s RPG. The recently-released European build is on the left, while the Japanese build is on the right.


Image credit: BangSilverGang.

As you can see, the Western build has been censored slightly. In addition to the costume changes, the characters have been edited to make them 18 years old, instead of 15 for obvious reasons.

Have you noticed anything different about your own copy of the game, European readers?

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy will hit 3DS in North America on February 7, 2014.

Via Nintendo Life.

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23 Comments

  1. slk486

    I applaud those changes. I don’t see them as censorship, but modifications for the market and, quite frankly, more tasteful :)

    #1 1 year ago
  2. jayc4life

    Can’t say it bothers me too much to be honest. I was impressed by the demo and will be picking it up soon if I can find it at a good deal. Wouldn’t have known if people didn’t kick up a fuss about it. Besides, if I want scantily-clad females, there’s the entire the rest of the internet. I don’t need it in an already-childish-looking 3DS game.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. OmegaSlayer

    It’s crazy to design characters looking like kids half naked.
    BUT I think it’s even crazier to censor them for an other market.

    Because devs clearly see they’re doing something wrong, and decided to patch it with a small band aid.
    Hypocrite much.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. The_Red

    @3
    Well said. They are trying to use 2 wrongs to make it right. The original, half-naked child-like characters are rather offensive but so is censoring them (Or anything for that matter).

    Though if I had to choose, I’d say censorship is the worst. With the offensive design, players can always criticize and discuss things. With censorship… well, it pretty much deletes the whole question just like countries like North Korea and Iran tend to do.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Clupula

    More freaking out over fictional characters. Disgusting what Puritans we are in the West.

    I wonder if Nintendo has anything to do with this. I mean, I recall hearing that Fire Emblem was also similarly censored, also on the 3DS.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. absolutezero

    They are super deformed blobs. They don’t look, behave or get treated like children within the game world. This should not be a thing.

    Censorship is stupid. If they had left the costumes as is in the original version then no one and I mean fucking no one would have said anything about them. Right now they’ve stirred up alot of negativity where there could have been nothing but a focus on the quality of the game.

    I mean who the fuck would be playing something like Bravely Default and get offended by this in the first place? Its not something mainstream and family friendly its a huge sprawling JRPG Final Fantasy spin-off, its niche as hell.

    Next up Senran Kagura gets localised for the EU and they heavily censor it completely defeating the purpose of the entire thing.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Dark

    Why japan love the child-like characters design so much?

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Rudderless

    Bewildering that so few can see the sense in making minor but crucial adjustments to a game where a character makes sexually suggestive remarks to a bikini-clad 15-year-old.

    Of course, it shouldn’t really be like that in the first instance, but I guess that kind of content is more culturally acceptable in Japan. Surely a couple of minor edits that only a few people would even be aware of is the most sensible option?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    @6 No, but they do look like overly sexualised underage characters in much of the original Japanese artwork, with deliberate angles made to emphasise physical attributes in intentionally sexual ways. It put me off wanting to play the game in its

    Nobody is claiming it should be censored. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to buy it. Obviously. That doesn’t mean people don’t have the right to discuss their personal views on its form as it currently exists.

    I and many others simply don’t want to look at this sort of thing, anymore than I want to look at a young girl sprawled on the floor in vulnerable and suggestive manners, like some of the game’s art portrayed them as. That does not make us “puritan”.

    @7 There has been an increasing growth in the otaku culture in Japan in recent years, and many companies realised that it’s a market they could tap into, because it was larger than the audiences they were targeting before.

    You honestly can’t walk five inches without most of this stuff permeating Japanese media anymore. A lot of the good and decent stuff gets buried as a result.

    It’s a very uncomfortable corner of Japanese culture, but please don’t think this is what most Japanese people are like, because it really is.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. OmegaSlayer

    I’m not a puritan by any slightest mean, but this is worng in both aspects.

    I always laugh when people cry over oversexualized characters but this whole story is ridicolous

    #10 1 year ago
  11. IntrovertedOne

    Americanizing art is sad and takes away from the original project. Video games can never develop as a form of artistic expression until we can use them to push boundaries and make people a little uncomfortable.

    I just went from a ‘buy it’ to a ‘play it on emulator’, you can’t ‘touch up’ a masterpiece.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. IntrovertedOne

    Also Hey Americans, your 15 year olds are doing alot of fucking and sucking in real life and you don’t care; in fact you popularize shows like ’16 and pregnant’ so why is it ok to celebrate in real life but not in fiction?

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Templar0929

    @12

    Sure and Japanese girls are holy innocent angels sent by God.

    Now I can’t speak for America but over here in the UK (asides from the estate trash) most teenage girls are teases and nothing more. It’s Japan where you see them running about with even skimpier dresses on.

    But how does any of this justify child pornography? This isn’t art. This is literal child porn. We know the Japanese have a weird fetish but this is illegal. They look like children for God’s sake so stop being stupid.

    This shouldn’t just be censored but banned too.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Clupula

    @13 – Sure, you sanctimonious shit sack, let’s just ban everything that offends your personal world view. Ja wohl, Mein Fuhrer! Can I hear a “Pol Pot,” people?

    Seriously, I don’t get why people like you don’t just move to Afghanistan, where you can be safe from all the sexuality you want and people who disagree with your limited worldview can be dragged out in the street and shot. That’s what people like you want.

    As an American, let me say you can take the whole fucking Religious Right with you. I am so sick of people with a stick up their asses because a fictional character isn’t wearing enough clothing for your tastes.

    Seriously, fuck off, and buy a calendar. It’s not the fucking 1600′s anymore.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Dragon

    I wonder how many here watch HBO.

    Teh mature internet guys, getting all squeaky about fictious video game character designs.

    How about “lol USA and UK” for million selling murder simulators? Or does looking at your own backyard is off-limits?

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Legendaryboss

    I don’t know why but i find what has been said here amusing.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Hcw87

    @14
    It’s not about sexuality retard, it’s about CHILDREN BEING OVERLY SEXUALIXED.

    If you don’t see a problem with that, then you have something wired wrong in your brain. I have no problems whatsoever with sexuality in games as long as the characters are actual adults. If i see characters looking like 12-13 naked in a shower together laughing/giggling for example, then it’s awkward as fuck.

    Again, it’s not about sexuality in games, it’s having children in an overly sexual environment. Which is NOT ok however you look at it.

    Actually looking at the header of this post it’s not THAT bad, but that Persona screenshot i saw a week ago or so with underage-looking characters in a shower really disgusted me. TERA (korean version atleast) is also guilty of this practice.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Legendaryboss

    “Looking like”? I sense either uncertainty, an imaginative mind or both. Now if one said “They are age X and Y” that would sound/be definite, if backed up as well.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    I’m pretty sure the sexualisation of children is frowned upon in most mediums, not just video games.

    One of the promotional art pieces for this game in Japan: http://www.geimaku.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/bravely-default.jpg

    Artistic expression my arse. Even Japanese people know full well that this sort of thing is deliberately targeting a specific market that laps up this sort of perverted stuff. They’re not oblivious to it, and the laws have been cracking down on it a lot in recent years.

    @13 “It’s Japan where you see them running about with even skimpier dresses on.”

    Yeah, this isn’t even remotely untrue. Yes, there are unsavoury parts of a Japanese culture (as there is in any society), but don’t assume those are the average person, because that isn’t simply isn’t the case.

    @15 “Also Hey Americans, your 15 year olds are doing alot of fucking and sucking in real life and you don’t care; in fact you popularize shows like ’16 and pregnant’ so why is it ok to celebrate in real life but not in fiction?”

    Two wrongs do not make a right. Nobody is claiming “16 and Pregnant” is somehow better or more acceptable. It’s just as tasteless and exploitative.

    @17 Persona is usually fine. That sort of thing is very much the exception for the franchise, not the rule.

    Would it make you feel worse to know that those kinds of scenes exist is pretty much 9 out 10 modern animes? Gaming is relatively unscathed in comparison… until you start getting into the real weird crap like Hyperdimensia Neptunia and Ar Toneleco Quga.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Cobra951

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the age of consent in merry olde England 16?

    The fact is that Americans have a shit fit at the mere suggestion of underage sex. Murderers wouldn’t be any more shunned than older adults having sex with 15-year-olds. Japan has a totally different level of tolerance about it. That’s why the game must look different in each market, assuming it can be sold in America at all. And yet they’re just animated groups of pixels. No real child was harmed in the making of this game. Sad, but what can we do?

    #20 1 year ago
  21. W-Item

    @OmegaSlayer It’s called a ‘chibi’ artform you dumbass.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. W-Item

    @Dark Chibi you moron.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. W-Item

    @slk486 It’s the same idiot prudes like you that really pisses me off when you applaud censorship.

    #23 1 year ago

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  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

    Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena has been announced as a twin stick shooter MOBA blend from Whitebox Interactive. Set for a 2016 release on PC, the game’s beta will be on show at PAX East next month. An Early Access release is slated for Q2 2015 and you can already purchase early access for a […]

  • More information, videos for cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun surface

    A trailer for the cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun title from Climax which was reportedly set for an E3 2012 reveal, has surfaced. Along with the above video is another which is described as a pre-boss battle cutscene. It’s below. According to a source of NeoGAF’s Mama Robotnik, the game was being developed under […]

  • Three additional games added to Square Enix Humble Bundle

    Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia have been added to the Square Enix Humble Bundle. All three are made available when paying the average price of $7.69. Those who have already purchased the bundle will automatically be granted the titles. All three are available for PC only. The […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 gets Fast & Furious with standalone expansion

    A Fast & Furious tie-in and standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 will arrive for Xbox consoles next month. Titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the downloadable title does not require the base game to play. “We’ve been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always […]

  • The Evil Within: The Assignment has a release date, new trailer

    The Evil Within: The Assignment will be released on March 10 in North America and March 11 in Europe, it was announced today. Along with an exact release date was a trailer detailing more information about the first set of DLC. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, […]

  • Steam and GOG cross-platform multiplayer added to AvP Classic 2000

    Steam and GOG have announced Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000 owners will be able play multiplayer with each other across both platforms. With the recent online multiplayer update for for AVP Classic 2000, Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley has made good on his promise from June to offer cross-platform play between the Steam and GOG platforms. […]

  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood arrives on PS4, Vita next week

    Roll7 has announced it will release OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood next week. The developer announced the dates on Twitter this morning alongside the launch trailer. You will be able to download the game for PlayStation 4 and Vita March 3 in North America and March 4 in Europe.

  • Week 7: Play GTA Online with VG247 tonight at 8pm UK time!

    Heists got a date! Come play GTA Online with us to celebrate. We’re playing GTA Online on PS4 tonight with whoever else fancies it. That means you. This week’s playlist is Happy for Heists, because we kind of are. The six jobs involved will last about 45 minutes. Anyone can turn up. Here’s how. We’ll […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight – first look into the story

    Batman: Arkham Knight has a new trailer available that gives us a peek into Scarecrow’s plan to unite all villains against Batman. The trailer below has a different tone to the ones showing Arkham Knight. Instead, we get a look at Scarecrow’s team of super-villains including new footage of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. There […]

  • Vita knocks New 3DS LL out of top slot on Media Create charts

    Thanks to four new titles, one of which was God Eater 2: Rage Burst, PlayStation Vita has knocked New 3DS LL out of the top slot on the Media Create charts in Japan. The handheld, which came in thrid place last week, moved 35,203 units for the February 16-22 period, compared to 10,901 units the […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes coming west in 2015, PS4 only

    Dragon Quest Heroes will be making its way to west this year. Square Enix has announced that it’s bringing Dragon Quest Heroes to the west this year. The press release mentioned only PAL territories (Europe & Australia). Though it’s unlikely it will miss the US. The game will release on PlayStation 4, both digitally and […]