We’ve just been informed of a large amount of censorship being applied to the iOS verion of Destiny Child, a Korean RPG with artwork from the same person behind the popular MMO Blade and Soul. The tip was sent in via Twitter and, as many Korean sites have been reporting, the iOS version is heavily censored in comparison to the Android release. Interestingly, the title also has a drastically different age rating on iOS as well, with it being rated 12 years and up, unlike the Android version’s 18 rating. You can see some of the changes here. There have been many changes to the artwork, to cover up the female bodies. A lot of these edits were handled by adding extra fabric to outfits. As shown here though, there have also been alterations reducing characters’ bust sizes. It’s not clear why the iOS version was released in its toned down form. It’s a possibility that the app store guidelines required the devs to tone the art down, although this is not confirmed. Taking a look at the guidelines, the rules ban content that is classed as “overtly sexual or pornographic”, and then going on to define this as “explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings”.
There is currently no news on an English release of the title, but considering the high profile nature of the game, it’s certainly a possibility that this may be announced sometime soon. It also gives wider context on iOS games in comparison to Android and will definitely be important to keep in mind if an English does get announced in the future. Until next time, thanks for watching everyone. .