It’s a strange time we live in where developers in other countries fear what they put into their games for fear of making the feminists in the West angry. It’s even more strange that feminism is now something that is synonymous with censorship and cultural fear.
As silly as it sounds, the new-wave of feminism and the accompanying act of Social Justice Warring is now having an effect on Japanese game developers. Niche Gamer picked up and translated the story from an interview that 4Gamer conducted with Star Ocean 5’s character designer Akira Yasuda, director Hiroshi Ogawa, and producer Shuichi Kobayashi.
The three developers took turns answering questions about the upcoming Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness, explaining why they modified some things, how they designed some characters, and how they had to cover up the 18-year-old Miki in the game due to fear of backlash from Western feminists and SJWs.
Producer Shuichi Kobayashi explained that…
“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.”
Kobayashi could be referencing Monolith Soft making changes to Xenoblade Chronicles X, as well as the backlash that Koei Tecmo received over the character Marie Rose. In the former’s case the developers put more clothes on the character; in the latter case, Koei Tecmo simply refused to release Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 in the U.S., or Europe due to the gender politics in the West.
As for the actual change, they basically put the character Miki on larger underwear. You can see the differences below.
As you can see in the second image, the undergarments on Miki offers more… coverage.
On the Esuteru blog, the Japanese users joked about her now wearing a diaper. The whole thing has turned into a meme in Japan already. Censored Gaming also did a quick video highlighting the incident.
It has been revealed that the Star Ocean 5 Integrity & Faithlessness’ 18 year old Miki Sauvester has had her panties censored in all regions due to Western controversy regarding sexual depictions of teen females. ================================= Check the playlist out for more Uncensored News!
Not all hope is lost, though.
Redditor Ryanofthestars put together a #GamerGate operation similar to #TorrentialDownpour to help spread the word that gamers are not keen (or kind) about having their games censored by people who don’t even play video games. You can join the operation by visiting the thread on Kotaku in Action.
In a separate translation from Ryan, he notes in the 4Gamer interview that director Hiroshi Ogawa expressed that it was a real shame that they had to censor Miki and that he felt bad about it.
However, for those of you worried about the mage Fiore, they didn’t touch her (yet). In fact, her outfit, her curves and her voluptuousness is what landed them a Cero C rating for those 15 and older in Japan. It sounds like they’re going to stick to their guns with Fiore, but Miki fell to the unwavering hand of censorship this time around. And yes, the censorship is worldwide… happening in both the Eastern and Western versions of Star Ocean 5.
Star Ocean 5 is due for release this summer on the PS4 in the West.