Star Ocean 5 characters will be getting less risque looking clothing in the Western release of the game to avoid criticism for over sexualizing teenage girls.
4Gamer (via NicheGamer) had a chance to interview the game’s character designer Akira Yasuda, director Hiroshi Ogawa, and producer Shuichi Kobayashi. They explained some of the decisions they made to edit the clothing for some female characters.
Yashuda said: “Recently there’s been a trend in games where if you put out a character that shows a lot of skin, later on you might have to make a lot of revisions, ‘although she’s erotic, there’s not a lot of skin showing’ is the feeling you get.”
Kobayashi added: “Recently, there’s been a lot of flak from overseas countries saying that if you put teens in ‘sexual’ underwear it’s not good. So we increased the amount of clothing”
This practice is not new as this has been going on for quite a few years now. Some characters from Xenoblade Chronicles X had adjustments to their clothing too with the Western version.
Not to mention Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo made the decision not to release Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 outside of Asia to avoid backlash from concerned Westerners.