Square Enix has an ethics department and it told the Final Fantasy 7 remake developers to "restrict" Tifa's chest

"It was necessary."

Square Enix has an ethics department, a new interview has revealed - and it advised the Final Fantasy 7 remake team on development.

Specifically, this ethics department told the remake developers to "restrict" Tifa's chest, according to comments made by director Testuya Nomura in a new interview with Famitsu (translation by Digital Foundry's John Linneman).

The original Final Fantasy 7 character models, created for PSone, are of course unrealistic. 20 years later, making highly-detailed, modern characters for PlayStation 4 threw up new issues.

"It was necessary to restrict her chest," Nomura says in the interview. For the developers, modernising Tifa's design meant creating an athletic look, complete with abs, while retaining her iconic white tanktop and black mini skirt outfit. But, as the ethics department pointed out, Tifa shouldn't look "unnatural" during action scenes, so her chest was "restricted". This resulted in black underwear and a fitted tank top for the remake.

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Other points of note from the Famitsu piece include the revelation the infamous Honey Bee Inn cross-dressing event from the original game is in the remake, or at least, in one of the games in the remake project, but it's more "modern". Here's how it looks in the original:

Final Fantasy 7 remake, which is actually the first game in the Final Fantasy 7 project, comes out in March 2020, and focuses on Midgar. According to our Johnny, who played the game at E3 last week, it's looking good.

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