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Bravely Default Censored for Western Releases

by Ron Duwell | January 6, 2014January 6, 2014 6:30 am PST


Square Enix believes that its upcoming Nintendo 3DS RPG Bravely Default might have been just a little too risque for Western audiences.

A user on the IGN boards has pointed at some differences between the female clothing in the Western and Japanese releases. In the screen capture provided, the Japanese version on the right shows off a little more skin than the European build on the left.

The clothes are also not the only element which seems to have been changed. The character’s have all also aged three years in age, the heroes being 15 years old in the Japanese version, and 18 years old in the Western release. In real world time though, the characters should only be 17 years old as it took Square Enix two long years to finally localize this game.

It’s pretty obvious why Square Enix would want make these changes. Nobody needs a 15 year old girl walking around in nothing but leather belts and bunny ears. It makes me wonder how this will effect the canon and overall story arch in subsequent releases.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...