Bravely Default Has Slight Censorship For Its Western Release

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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Bravely Default: Flying Fairy

While to some who are in the know from keeping up with the game on forums, live in the PAL region and purchased the game already, or if you know Nintendo’s history when it comes to localization, this may or may not come to any surprise.

Bravely Default | Costume Comparison

Like Fire Emblem: Awakening, Bravely Default has gotten some alterations when being brought over to the West. Some outfits are less revealing after a few modifications–which you can see above thanks to a few fans from forums that have shared pictures of the three outfits shown. Reports from IGN claim that the characters ages have also been altered from 15 to 18 and even some pieces of dialogue have been changed–specifically ones with sexual innuendos. Whether the changes will be found in the North American release is not known as of yet; everyone’s guessing–including myself–it will most likely be the case.

Still not sold on the game from footage alone, or from its reception from critics and fans alike? Thankfully, North American fans can also get the same demo the PAL region fans were able to enjoy, which is now available for download off the Nintendo eShop. Bravely Default is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive, and has already been released in Europe and will launch in North America on February 7th of this year.

While the Collector’s Edition may be sold out, the standard edition is still available for pre-order at

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  • multibottler0cket

    Honestly, I’m kind of glad they did this, not because I feel any of it needs censoring, but rather because I find it hard to take characters seriously when they’re basically in a bikini.

    • Matt

      One of the easiest +1’s I’ve had to give on Disqus yet.

      In the above example, I actually think the western revisions look better, and happen to distinguish the job classes themselves further. By covering up Agnes’s midsection with the belts, and completing that one-piece, it emphasizes that job class’s theme, rather than subtracting from it by adding a sexualized design choice. These aren’t hyperrealistic characters either, so, to me atleast, it would seem out of place to sexualize them, unless the story dealt with that explicitly, which as far as I’m aware of, it doesn’t, hence it being unnecessary.

      These are female figures, but I’d feel the same about the male ones, eg. I wouldn’t want Kain Highwind to have breezy assless chaps. I’d like to apologize for any mental images of that, folks. Had to be said, though.

    • Crystal Baltimore

      I like the new outfits! If it’s just an outfit change and possibly making the characters legal age here, I am OK with it. If they changed dialog.. that’s where I get annoyed. Some things are just a normal part of localizing a game, while others change a game too much from what it is supposed to be.

      I may never stop thinking about assless chaps now. :p

    • multibottler0cket

      Actually… They did the reverse in that particular case…

    • Androzz

      I bet you never played a Tales of game before, playing with characters in bikini it’s quite common in a JRPG.

    • multibottler0cket

      That’s the problem, I’ve played tons of JRPGs, including Tales games, and I hate it when a character is only wearing bikini-type clothing.

  • Lost

    I really do like the fact that they give the outfits more of a look then the more revealing ones. Sometimes imagination can go along and revealing outfits tend not to be battle ready

  • Sabrina Nguyen

    I don’t see what the big deal is.. the Costume changes aren’t even that big. Especially the first one.
    If anyone gets mad over the slight change then that’s just disappointing imo. silly.
    Same for the age changes.

    As for the dialogue..? I guess some people could have reason to be upset over that. But taking out a few suggestive joke lines, again, doesn’t seem like a big deal. They could have took out a character, they could have completely scrapped an outfit.. they could have changed a whole lot more but they improvised and made little changes. Seeing some people say they’re not going to buy the game because of such trivial changes is sort of sad to see.

    • Crystal Baltimore

      I think the problem is that taking out too many jokes or etc. can totally change a character. If a character is supposed to be lewd, annoying, sexist, funny etc., etc., etc., and they are changed dramatically, you don’t get the same feel from said character.

      The outfits don’t bother me at all… The new outfits look much better imo! Same for making them 18… seems legit since the legal age here is 18.

      I think we need to remember how censored our games used to be and realize that each time we are OK with censorship now, puts us closer and closer to being back at that point. I have no idea if the dialog was changed in this instance but it worries me.

  • Ureyy

    Why is there random “Wryyyyy” above the second costume?

    • Androzz

      Because these images are from 4chan.

  • Yasmin Torpelund Weaver

    The censorship of he outfits doesn’t bother me overly much, but the change in dialogue does. Yes, it’s just a bit of innuendo, but those lines are a part of the personality of the character.

    As it is, the innuendo in Tales of Xillia was pretty high, but that wasn’t altered much at all. So, why did this game get that treatment? Oh, right… Nintendo. >.>

  • John Ellis

    I don’t mind the changes to costume or age, but I am disappointed that they removed the innuendos

  • Vallen

    I don’t mind what I see above. The censoring I hate is when they change “kill” to “destroy” or when they remove blood, minor things like that^ is no problem to me. I gotta ask though, what did they do to fire emblem? I didn’t know it was censored?

    • Crystal Baltimore

      They added a cape (or something) to cover up what was a full bikini bottom. If memory serves.. this was for some DLC…?

    • Bec66

      Here’s a picture

  • RagunaXL

    yeah, I’m cool with that. the characters resemble toddlers and shouldn’t be indecent. the integrity of the job class is intact. no harm done.

  • Thanatos2k

    The age thing is completely understandable. The rest is not.