Square Enix and Silicon Studios’ highly anticipated role-playing game sequel Bravely Second: End Layer was finally released in Europe today, with a frankly stunning Deluxe Collector’s Edition that among many pretty goodies, also contains an art-book with over 250 pages! The art book in question is a reproduction of Design Works THE ART OF BRAVELY 2013-2015 which was originally published in Japan last year.
When Nintendo of Europe shared a brief preview of the art book on social media last week, concerns were raged that the layout of some of the images didn’t match the original Japanese edition; suggesting that some content had been altered. With the help of NintendoTweet who verified with her copy of the original version, we have been able to confirm at least two changes.
As with the first game in the series, the release of Bravely Second: End Layer was accompanied with an AR marker. In this instance, it depicted a striking image of the previous game’s heroine, Agnés Oblige with her hands tied behind her back; the design of which was detailed in the publication:
In comparison, this is the version found in the localised release:
Another change occurs on Page 141 where a particularly bloody looking image of the exorcist class’s asterisk holder Geist has been removed. Here is an image of the original once again provided by NintendoTweet:
In comparison, here is an image of the same page from the translated version which lacks Geist, causing a knock-on effect where artwork originally featured on the next page spills over to fill the gap:What makes this even more interesting is that content that is actually altered in the localised release of the game is retained in this edition of the artwork such as Aimee and her job asterisk, which was controversially altered from a Native American-inspired design to instead reflect cowboy attire.
It is likely that other images could have been altered or removed for the western publication and we will continue to compare the two editions. If you think you’ve noticed any, or own the Japanese edition and are curious whether certain images have been removed, please do not hesitate to get in touch us on social media – simply search for OperationBrave on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr!
A huge thanks to NintendoTweet for her assistance.
Update: Our good friend NintendoTweet has been able to identify a third alteration made to the art book; which again relates to images of Agnés Oblige: