Tecmo: Kasumi’s Thigh Matter Is Blown Out Of Proportion

Aussie-Nintendo's Infernal Monkey (reporter's nickname) has noticed a minor difference between the Japanese and North American versions of Dead or Alive: Dimensions' cover art: the North American version of Kasumi had her skirt subtly moved in order to reveal slightly less of her thigh than her Japanese self.

The discovery has spurred rumors that the change was mandated by the ESRB, but Tecmo confirmed that this wasn't the case.

"This whole thing is getting blown way out of proportion," a Tecmo Koei said. "The truth is that when we submitted the box art as-is from Japan, there were a few parties both internal and external who thought there might be some issue with the image. Nobody 'demanded' anything be changed, it was just pointed out. You have to pick your battles, and covering up that small bit of the image seemed to be harmless. Honestly, if you look at the comparisons between the Japanese and US box shots, it's not like the image loses anything after the edit."

"The ESRB has been very helpful working with us on recent projects. If the box art was something we felt really strongly about, we would have kept it as-is. But we just didn't really see the harm in editing it to make it appropriate for everyone involved."

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