Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization’s Bathing Scene Censored in Japan Via Day One Patch
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is already out in Japan, and the day one patch 1.02 added some “content,” in the form of a bikini covering up the dark elf NPC Kizmel during a bathing scene with Kirito.
The hero himself used to wear just a towel in the original scene, and it was replaced by a pair of swimming trunks. You can check out before and after screenshots below (courtesy of Yukarigame). I guess the original image could be considered not safe for work if your workplace is very strict, so you have been warned.
At the moment, it’s possible to access the original image by not patching the game, but of course it’s less than ideal.
At the moment the reasons for the change are unknown, but it could be a move to comply with the game’s B CERO rating, which is suitable for ages 12+. That said, that’s just personal speculation for now.
There is also an interesting piece of trivia. In the Progressive light novel series, Kizmel and Kirito bathe together in both volume 2 and volume 3. The first time, Kizmel is naked and Kirito wears a towel, with an illustration that probably served as inspiration for the scene in the game.
The second time, Asuna is also present, and they all wear Swimsuits, with Kizmel being surprised by the fact that humans cover up when they bathe. You can see both illustrations below (agains, keep in mind that the first shows partial nudity), courtesy of Sword Art Online Wikia.
It remains to be seen if the change will carry over to the western version of the game, that will release for PS4 and PS Vita on November 8th.
[Thanks for the tip: Gaijin_Gamer]