In a lengthy interview with Eurogamer, Frogster's Lucile Le Merle tries to explain why European publisher censored the scantily clad Elin race in TERA. In South Korea the game features this female race in skimpy outfits revealing their panties, but in Europe and the U.S. versions of the game panties are replaced with less revealing "shorties." Last month European publisher Frogster said that the change was put in place to keep "unsavory users" (they didn't say it but they meant "pedophiles") from playing the game.
Frogster has had to deal with a lot of complaints about the game lately – the most recent being the censorship of blood. Having rectified that problem, the company now has to deal with a fan base angry at them again over subtle changes to the MMO. Frogster's Lucile Le Merle tries addressing the latest controversy in an interview with Eurogamer. Here's the most important part from the interview:
In late April you issued a statement saying these changes were made because the Elin could have attracted to the game unsavoury users. What exactly does that mean?
Lucile Le Merle: It's a matter of point of view. We did not want to implement the Elins as they were in the original version because if you look at the forums and how users usually react to this race, it's either people offended by the way they look, or it's people trolling, saying, hey, I'm "pedobear". This is the kind of behaviour we want to avoid at all costs.
We know unless we removed the race entirely from the game, which would have caused an even bigger uproar, we could not avoid having such comments. But we wanted to reduce the amount of comments because some people are offended or some people have a different opinion.
Le Merle goes on to say that even though some players have changed out the textures for the Elin race using Korean files and in doing so have violated the game's Terms of Service, Frogster has no plans to go after them.
You can read the rest of the interview here.