Square Enix explains why it changed Tifa’s breasts in Final Fantasy 7 Remake

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If you’re a hardcore Final Fantasy fan, then perhaps you’ve seen a silly controversy surrounding changes for a Final Fantasy 7 Remake character design. Tifa, some concerned fans say, now has smaller breasts. Why does this matter? Well, there’s an ongoing conversation happening around Japanese games, with some fearing that titles are getting “censored” in America, especially after a report claimed that Sony was tightening up its rules about sexual content in the West.

I’m not here to tell you that worries over Tifa’s breast size are a sound discussion, because they aren’t — if the Mortal Kombat 11 debacle surrounding breasts taught us anything, it’s that people are really attached to big boobs no matter what the context. But the Final Fantasy 7 discourse did happen, which might explain why in a recent interview with Famitsu, Square Enix went on the record regarding Tifa’s changes. Tetsuya Nomura, director on the remake, says that “it was necessary to restrict her chest,” as the developers wanted her to have more of an athletic feel. She’s a fighter, after all, and that likely means she has abs and is generally very fit.

Curiously, the translation floating around right now mentions that an ethics department determined that “restricting” Tifa’s chest was done to make sure that she didn’t look “unnatural” during fight sequences. Without context, this probably sounds absurd; there’s a section of Square Enix that determines what breasts should look like?

A representative from Square Enix clarified to Polygon that the department exists to help ensure games follow certain standards.

“In the Square Enix Japan studios, the Ethics Department is actually a group within the company that evaluates game content to make sure it is aligned with the anticipated age ratings standards across the globe (CERO, ESRB, PEGI, etc),” the representative said.

“In this case, we want a new generation of gamers to experience Final Fantasy VII Remake and are working very closely with the company’s internal experts to make sure all of the game’s content is appropriate.”

It’s unclear whether or not Tifa’s breasts could have truly tipped the scales when it comes to the game’s rating.

The ESRB rating for the re-release of the original Final Fantasy 7 says it is T for Teen thanks to the inclusion of blood, fantasy violence, language, and mild suggestive themes. The ESRB website notes, “During the course of the game, a goddess-like character is dressed in a low-cut top that displays moderate amounts of cleavage.”

Tifa isn’t the only one changing in the remake: Every character has a number of tweaks and added flourishes.

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Tifa, some concerned fans say, now has smaller breasts.

I hate every person who is "concerned" with this. I 100% hate them.

Even big-boobed women that want to see their bodies as being represented across games and media? Signed, non-concerned person.

Her badonkers aren’t even SMALL in the remake which is the most ABSURD THING about all this. She’s still got huge dobonhonkeros it’s just now everyone in the game all look more like real people instead of super stylized anime drawings (and lego figures).

Basically she’s still got big ol’ tonhongerekoogers but she’s wearing a new thing so her humongous hungolomghononoloughongouses aren’t flapping around like bird wings every single time she even hops around.

Nothing wrong with her being busty as part of her design. They toned it down so it’s less insane and made it more real.

this is obviously the correct take, and it notably takes a mere 2 sentences to express.

But it doesn’t even look like she was toned down. It looks like she put a fucking sports bra on and it gives the illusion that she’s less chesty.

That’s part of what I mean by toned down in her design. They gave her an outfit that makes more sense.

We don’t need realistic bodies in Final Fantasy

Where is that written?

In the name "Final Fantasy"

A fantasy can be literally anything.

My fantasy is a world with gender equity

Exactly, anything but with an emphasis on unrealism.
"[…]especially things that are impossible or improbable." – oxforddictionaries.com
"[…]especially when extravagant and unrestrained." – dictionary.com
"[…]you’re not worrying much about reality — pleasant, maybe, but not very practical." – vocabulary.com

These definitions might help people understand that having an interest in the fantasy genre is having an interest in unrealistic things. So it shouldn’t be so surprising that fans are concerned when more realism is added to something that is an escape from reality.

Learned new words!

Props for using the word badonkers.

EDIT: Also, props for using the word dobonhonkeros .

Great use of that meme, I approve.

At first I was thinking, "how is this even a topic of conversation?"

Then I learned the word hungolomghononoloughongouses and it all started making sense.

You… are a fantastic person. I think those budungooberdibbers are great whether they are little twittlenobbers or huge gazzappashootanagopopolattas. I just like asking the questions.

Don’t worry, there is PLENTY of representation for them in the industry. Those big boobed women can continue to sleep soundly at night knowing they are well represented.

"Those big boobed women can continue to sleep soundly at night knowing they are well represented."

Not if they sleep on their back, they may suffocate.

If we were talking about race you would of never made that comment.

What an asinine statement. But look, watch this:
Don’t worry, there is PLENTY of representation for them in the industry. Those white people can continue to sleep soundly at night knowing they are well represented.

Get the hell out of here with that nonsense.

We’re talking about boobs.

Your dumbass racist mind went to race. Loser.

Weird how racists are perfectly happy to play the race card. And by weird, of course, I mean depressingly typical.

Apparently people think there aren’t enough Ivy Valentines in the gaming world.

I think big-boobed women are more than adequately represented in media. Especially gaming.

When is it ever not played for laughs though? Or to distract some schmuck for a second, or to imply slutiness, or to sell more, or all of the above? There are plenty of women with large breasts, but are they actually adequately represented?

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