Today Bandai Namco hosted a panel at Anime Expo, that DualShockers attended, and Tales of Berseria Producer Yasuhiro Fukaya talked more about the game.
Back in December, a trailer revealed the alteration of a scene, considerably toning down the level of violence against Laphicet (who is a kid). Today Fukaya-san provided more color on what happened behind the scenes.
Initially, Bandai Namco thought that they would have to adjust Velvet’s default sexy costume to comply with the ESRB T for Teen rating. On the other hand, it turned out that Velvet’s costume wasn’t an issue, but the scene in which Laphicet was sacrificed turned out to be too shocking for a worldwide audience.
Cases like this also happened several times before Tales of Berseria, but those were mostly opening and ending songs, instead of part of the actual game. This was a rare case for the team, but Fukaya-san believes that they managed to create a scene as persuasive on the reasons leading Velvet to hate Artorious on her path to revenge. All in all, he feels that it came out all right.
Tales of Berseria is currently available for PS4 and for PC via Steam. If you want to read more, you can check out our review of the game.
[On location reporting: Azario Lopez]