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Scenes from the trailer, as well as game files, reveal Amazon’s consideration to censor Blue Protocol, an upcoming MMORPG being developed by BANDAI NAMCO.

Blue Protocol is a science fantasy MMORPG being developed by BANDAI NAMCO. The game allows players to explore the vast world of Regnas. Overuse of technology by its inhabitants caused distortions in space and time, which could eventually spell the planet’s doom. As part of the Adventurer Guild, players will embark into various ruins looking to prevent the upcoming tragedy.

The game allows for up to 6 people to team up together in a party and features a weapon-based class system. Players can, at any time, change their character’s class by changing their equipped weapon. As a result, the character’s appearance is disjointed from their role in the game, allowing players to express themselves with their equipment in purely cosmetic fashion.

Player customization has long been taunted as one of the game’s leading features. It includes a robust character creation system, allows for child and adult characters, and provides a large selection of outfits. Players can then easily share their creations using the game’s photo mode.

Recently, BANDAI NAMCO released a benchmark program, allowing users to test the game’s performance and create a character ahead of launch. Users data mining the files discovered different versions of meshes for the same outfits. The finding suggests that the English publisher Amazon plans to censor the game.

Found files include outfits with covered bellies and midriffs, as well as skirts changed into shorts. Reddit user Mirimi keenly observed that said censored outfits are already visible in the English version of the game’s trailer, as opposed to the Japanese one.

Some players found the changes unsurprising given Amazon’s history as a game publisher. In their previously published MMO Lost Ark, Amazon explained censorship of player’s outfits as an attempt to make them "feel at home." In this particular case, changes have been applied to NPCs as well, altering their outfits and even skin color.

The publisher hasn’t made any major, official statements regarding censorship of Blue Protocol. However, Aroged performed an interview with Mike Zadorojny following last year's The Game Awards show. Asked whether there will be differences between the English and Japanese versions of the game, Mike admitted that they plan to alter certain elements to ensure a Teen rating in the Western market.

Whether this would motivate changes to outfits is unknown, though possible given the effort to create a separate trailer. While the ESRB rating isn't usually needed for PC games distributed digitally, Blue Protocol will also be available on PlayStation 5 as well as Xbox Series X and S.

Games: Are there any differences between these different versions of a game?

Black Protocol: All the information that goes into this new online RPG from Amazon Interview (32) Source: Bandai Namco Mike Zadorojny: There are still few differences between Japanese and Western versions of Blue Protocol. I’ve wanted to get a teen rating for our market so we can make Blue Protocol a title that my friends and family can play together.

There are certain things that we need to change to achieve this goal, but the types of things that we will choose and which we will not for ourselves have, like bosses, open world experiences and others, are the same in all versions.

Only time will tell if and to what extent Blue Protocol will be altered for its Western release. If you’re interested in playing the game for yourself, you can wishlist it on Steam. The English version is scheduled to be released later this year.

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