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Child of Light difficulty to be renamed 'casual' and 'expert' with upcoming patch

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An upcoming patch for Ubisoft Montreal's Japanese role-playing game-inspired Child of Light will rename the title's two difficulty settings from "normal" and "hard" to "casual" and "expert," writer Jeffrey Yohalem told Joystiq.

During a livestream discussing the recently-released game yesterday, Yohalem said that he feels the initial labels used for these settings may have misrepresented their challenges.

"This has been an issue, obviously, that some people have had, and I think that the word 'normal' is a misrepresentation," he explained. "Or, rather, implying that there's one way to play that's 'normal' is, I think, too strong.

"'Casual' is for people that want to experience the world and experience the adventure without having hard combat, and then 'expert' is for people who love RPGs and who want to really have a challenge," he added, suggesting that players more familiar with JRPGs tackle Child of Light on the higher difficulty setting.

Yohalem also shared some details about development on the title's ragtag band of heroes, including an early disagreement with creative director Patrick Plourde regarding the genders of the two jester characters, Rubella and Tristis.

"It was one of the major things that I insisted on, and there were discussions of making both jesters guys," he explained. "I said, 'No, no, no, she has to be a girl. It has to be a brother and a sister.' And we stuck it out.

"There was this sense that Pat, the creative director, had that it's about the camaraderie between two brothers, and that two brothers have this intense relationship that a brother and a sister couldn't have," he added. "And I said, BS. I think that a brother and a sister could totally have that relationship, and that I think, more importantly, that just because a lot of entertainment has portrayed brothers as being closer than a brother and a sister, doesn't make it that way."

Child of Light is now available for Playstation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Check out Polygon's review and our Overview video below to see the game in action.