A new chapter of the Final Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy XV, comes out on June 4. Square Enix released a demo of the game earlier this year, and then took the “unusual but welcome step” (according to Eurogamer.net) of publicly addressing concerns of gamers who played the demo.
There were complaints about the mechanics of the game. Then there were complaints about the content: American gamers didn’t like Noctis’ voice, while European players wanted a female party member. All well and good.
But European players had another gripe: Cidney, a female auto mechanic, is too sexy.
We can’t say we’ve played every game ever released, but this sounds like a strange complaint. Too sexy? Hasn’t it become a fact of life that women in games, regardless of their jobs, are always attractive and usually dressed in something form-fitting or brief? We don’t want to get into a Gamergate discussion, but “too sexy” is a little bit of a head-scratcher. Then again, her Daisy Dukes are extremely small. And she’s down on all fours when we first encounter her. She seems to bend over a lot, actually, and her go-go boots seem a wee bit impractical for a mechanic. She apparently works in a bikini top and child’s jacket as well. Here’s a compilation of Cidney—how does it make you feel?
Too sexy? Ok, yeah, we see your point, European gamers.
Hajime Tabata, the game’s director, explained that Cidney might have gotten that way due to an abundance of, ah, passion from the male designers: “Her character is not about sex. She is not supposed to be too sexy, but the male members on the dev team did their best to create her. As a result, perhaps too much of their heart and soul went into her. So if we put too much into her, then we should remove the excess heart and soul.”
Remove the excess heart and soul. Right. We’ll find out on June 4 just how much was removed, and in a related story, how much clothing was put on.