Final Fantasy XV Shiva Will Be Censored In China
Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix is gearing up for the release of Final Fantasy XV later this year. The game will feature tons of content, including lots of summons. One of the summons is a classic esper… Shiva. However, Shiva will not be the same in China as she’ll be in Japan and other regions.

According to Siliconera, various images of Shiva surfaced comparing how Shiva will look in her Japanese incarnation and how she’ll look in her Chinese incarnation. The images come courtesy of video game industry analyst Daniel Ahmed, better known for his Twitter handle ZhugeEX.

The Japanese version is at the top and the Chinese version is at the bottom.

As you can see, Shiva in China has a completely different pigmentation for whatever reason. Instead of being icy blue she has a bit of pink to her skin. This presumably helps offset the rest of her body, which has a metallic blue look.

Most notably is that they covered up the breasts of Shiva, specifically where the small pasties are barely covering up her nipples in the Japanese and other world region versions of Final Fantasy XV.

In China they have very strict laws about censorship. In fact, in order for the Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U to be sold legally in mainland China, the console manufacturers and publishers wishing to release titles in China have to abide by the 10 rules of censorship, avoiding things like gratuitous content, religious imagery and various other obscenities.

While gamers may not be very fond of how much gets censored when content arrives from Europe or Japan in America, the reality is that America is still extremely liberal when compared to countries like China, Australia and Germany.

One thing that some gamers did worry about is whether or not China’s massive market would begin to influence publishers and developers to start making and censoring games across the board in order to appease the sensibilities of China ahead of every other region. So far the market has not deemed China to be a large enough force to affect hardcore gaming… yet.

Final Fantasy XV is due for release on the Xbox One and PS4 on November 29th. And don’t worry… Shiva will be baring plenty of her assets in the North American version of the game.


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  • C G Saturation

    They both look weird to me, but I sorta prefer the censored one just because it has a little more variation in color.

    This reminds me of China’s censorship of Blade and Soul. Apparently, it was beacuse they wanted the game to be more family friendly. They even altered some violent cutscenes involving a kid. But I heard they eventually removed the censorship because everyone just used a patch to bypass it anyway.

    Videos on YouTube depicting the censorship are full of SJWs saying that painting the female body entirely black is much cooler/badass and “not objectifying”.

    • Yes, I’ve read that China censored it to make it more family-friendly. While I guess it is done on good intentions, there’s no doubt in my mind that the pro-censorship brigade (the bigots who just want these kind of things censored regardless of reason)in the country love peddling that reason. It’s the perfect excuse for them.

      Again, this is yet another issue that can be solved with some kind of ‘Family Mode’ filter option in the game. You know, switch it ON and the girls are covered up; switch it OFF and the lady skin is back. Password-protect the filter option by having an adult set a password.

      That might solve the issue if given a chance. But authoritarians and totalitarians would never allow such a thing.

      • C G Saturation

        The family friendly excuse is especially stupid because it’s a game where tons of people – even women and children – die in all sorts of brutal, cruel ways.

  • Mr.Towel

    Not that much different from the censorship we get here from other titles…

    Which means our censorship is already at China’s “democracy” levels, we just call it “localization”.

    • C G Saturation

      I like to say that the West is often just as bad as the countries it criticizes. They’re just better at hiding their shit. Countries like China don’t seem to give a damn about hiding it.

  • I think it’s a complete disgrace.

    But this is an actual government-imposed law in China, so nothing can be done. This is exactly what the SJWs/feminists want the West to follow and become when to comes to policing entertainment media. As always, if SJWs cannot convince the consumers and artists to accept censorship, then they will try and do it through government and law.

    The gamers in China who are against censorship have my sympathy. For example, the female characters in the Chinese version of Blade & Soul has been censored to death, worse than the Western version.

    The only thing they can do is just merely hope that the government somehow becomes lenient on the 10 rules of censorship, or a next libertarian-minded president. Both are virtually impossible in a country like China.

    That’s authoritarianism and totalitarianism for you. I really don’t like where the West is heading because what the far-left regressive SJWs advocate for looks terrifyingly similar to the “policies” of North Korea.

    • scemar


      that’s precisely what the left, sjw, et all want

      they keep pushing and voting for more for more federal government involvement in everything, they keep courting the government, and they keep pushing for the demonization of free speech, and they want us to pretend the obvious long term dream isn’t to have the government impose their censorship by law

      • Kipper Parrish

        At least some Gamergate supporters realize the movement is not actually liberal

    • C G Saturation

      At least the Chinese government didn’t demand trans bathrooms. As far as I know, anyway.

      If the West collapses, we’d probably have to deal with China’s bullshit. That’s not something I’m looking forward to.

      • Don’t forget, Obama is due to hand the Internet over to the UN soon. That’s another thing to ecstatically look forward to…

        • C G Saturation

          Yeah, although I don’t know what to expect because the UN and US have always been two peas in a pod.

  • scemar

    wow wonderful news, let’s all admire china’s great progresiveness and full faced embrace of women’s rights

    the west can really learn a lot from great liberal and forward thinking societies like china and saudi arabia, they’re such modern cultures

    • “wow wonderful news, let’s all admire china’s great progresiveness and full faced embrace of women’s superiority”

      Fixed. =)

    • C G Saturation

      If I recall correctly, China is one of the very few countries in the world where the suicide rate of females is higher than males, and in some areas of China, they shoved female babies into a room to die, which ended up unbalancing gender ratios 3:1 male to female.

      Correct me if I got any of those numbers wrong. It’s been a while.

      On the flipside, I’ve been told by a Chinese lady friend that people prefer daughters in Chinese city areas, because women have significant influence over the family. Not so much in rural areas because they need guys to work into the ground.