322021 Cultural Genocide

It seems that the controversy of games for Nintendo systems being censored just doesn't end. Only a few weeks ago, it was revealed that Xenoblade Chronicles X would be removing certain character customization options. Now, it appears that a similar tactic was employed in Square Enix's upcoming RPG, Bravely Second.

In the Japanese version of the game, one of the character classes is called "Tomahawk" and dresses the character in an outfit that resembles traditional Native American garb. Evidently in an effort to dodge politically correct individuals in the West, it appears that Square Enix has opted to change this class to "Cowboy". While it's not entirely confirmed whether or not this is the case, this wouldn't be the first time a game was changed to avoid offending certain parties in the West.


It might seem like fuss over nothing, but as Destructoid points out, there's been a recent drive to avoid representing Native Americans in media - for example, the Washington Redskins are likely to change their name to avoid causing offense. Perhaps this is a case of trying to avoid offending Native Americans by showing a stereotype in Bravely Second, but the change could potentially cause even more upset? Sadly, Native Americans - like many other minorities - could end up being expunged from games entirely, as developers and publishers shy away from the danger of causing offense.

What do you think? Will there be other changes to the game? Do you think Square made the right call here? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

[source destructoid.com]