The release of Bravely Default is now just a month away, and the demo put forth by Square Enix is already picking up hype for the 3DS RPG. Of course, some eagle-eyed fans were able to already spot some region differences between the U.S and Japanese releases, and almost all of them deal with toning down the in-game content.
Polygon noted today that Bravely Default: Flying Fairy features several elements of self-censorship. Most of the comparisons, coming from the IGn forums, note the changes in costumes of the characters. In the screenshot above, one user showed off the differences between the Western version of the game (on the left side) and the Japanese version (on the right side.) Other changes come from the translation, namely the characters’ ages are now 18 to 20, instead of 16-17 year olds, and the trimming of some dialogue containing sexual innuendo.
Now none of this is officially confirmed by Square Enix, and is purely fan-investigated at this time. It should also be noted that this isen’t the first case of self-censoring for a U.S audience either, Nintendo did this previously with the DLC for Fire Emblem: Awakening, among other translation changes. Add to the fact that it is on a Nintendo handheld system only makes the censorship more likely. Thankfully, the changes have no effect on the games plot whatsoever, and are merely cosmetic, as they should be.
If you wish to see the changes for yourself, check out the demo which free to download today.