Much of the gear for female characters in the already-out-in-Asian-markets-but-upcoming-in-American-and-European-markets Tera is revealing. That’s not anything new for a game in the MMO market, but some unfamiliar with the game might be shocked by just how provocative some of the Tera gear really is.
For Castanic women, succubus-like demon girls, some gear displays in what amounts to little less than lingerie. In some cases, we’re talking the absolute bare minimum of covered before this game gets shot up a rating or two with the MPAA. Now, this might be old news for any Tera fans, especially those who count these bare-bottomed graphics as hotly-desired features, but some things are a little less acceptable here in North America than they are in Korea (and, presumably, vice versa).
The Elin race is the female counterpart to the male Popori race, a plump and jovial-looking group of anthropomorphized animal characters. The Elins, however, are thin, petite, and dainty with a soft innocence to their features that make them seem childlike and perpetually youthful. Were you to put the hyper-sexy Castanic gear models on one of these kawaii sweethearts, lots of people might see a sexualized child, rather than a game character wearing something risqué.
The Elin gear has a sweeter overlay to it with lacy, rich-looking garments that you might see in a Disney princess animated film. The only difference would be the cut and style. You see, the Elin gear is still showing off a ton of skin. North America game clients will even see modified versions of this gear that adds modesty panels to midriff-baring tops and super-short boy-short legs to what were once bikini bottoms.
When people found out about these changes last year, most fans were unhappy with the idea. People are still unhappy over these few yards of fabric, so much so that the Races category of the official forums are still littered with whining and protests.
We’re a few days out from the first closed beta, and that seems like the perfect time to try out a brand new game featuring a new style of gameplay with as few pre-conceptions as possible. In the end, if there’s a chance the original Elin designs were going to get the game damaged in some way, it might be better that we make this small concession now rather than a huge concession later, like losing the Elin race entirely.
Image Credit: [Whitestar]
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