Square Enix has altered the design of the lead character in its upcoming mobile RPG, Mobius Final Fantasy (previously Mevius Final Fantasy), due to the fact that he was too darn sexy.
Yes, that's the official logic given to this decision.
"After we released the screenshots in December, we looked at the various reactions we were getting online, and in the end, showing this much skin..." began Mobius Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase in Square Enix's online presentation (as translated by RocketNews24).
"It's kind of sexy," said host and Japanese entertainment personality Asuna. "A little too sexy."
"For this game, we're moving forward during development and letting it evolve while taking into consideration users' opinions, so I asked the character designer to make a change," Kitase replied.
This wasn't a unanimous decision, however, as apparently project leader Naoki Hamaguchi and managing producer Hiroki Okayama were fans of the original skimpy design.
Kitase said that there's a chance the original outfit will be reinstated if there's enough demand for it.
It's worth noting that the player character's outfit will be dictated by their job, and the costume in question is only the default garb worn by Onion Knights
Kitase also noted that the character's back will remain exposed to reveal his expansive back tattoo, which is symbolic of his character.
Now, the question is: Which version do you like better? And should Square Enix give its scantily clad Cid in Final Fantasy 15 the same treatment?
Mobius Final Fantasy is due this spring in Japan on iOS and Android devices. A western release has not been announced.