Cindy of Final Fantasy XV is Apparently Too Sexy for Some Users

Square Enix boss and Final Fantasy XV game director Hajime Tabata and marketing manager Akio Ofuji held the latest Active Time Report, where they discussed the player reactions and feedback for the playable demo that came with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

Among the feedback included many fans complaining about the framerate, the camera following your character too closely, on-screen UI, (featured above, you can view the entire recording of the report) and more – but the hot button topic is clearly what a female character in the game is wearing.

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Tabata and Ofuji touched on the complaint that Cindy was just “too sexy,” according to some fans. The game features scenes in which Cindy is seen working on cars, rolling out from under them, bending over them, and of course – just simply existing with that outfit, shown above. Tabata responded:

“She’s not meant to be an erotic type of character. She’s meant to be very outgoing and full of energy, someone that is very active. We partnered those kinds of traits with her looks, and we didn’t think it would be embarrassing for her to be on screen while, for example, your parents are in the same room.”

Ofuji also pointed out the people who seemed to be focused on the sheer design of her outfit, how revealing it is, and that it’s not something they imagine a mechanic wearing. “Ah, I see,” said Tabata. “However, she’s a very active and bright character, I can’t see us changing the current design.”

It’s also worth mentioning that Final Fantasy XV will not be making a major appearance at this year’s E3, according to Tabata and Ofuji. Instead, they’ll have new things to show for the game at this year’s Gamescom.
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So what do you guys think? Perhaps the naysayers of Cindy’s design would be happier seeing a mechanic like Ellie from Borderlands 2? (shown above) While we don’t have numbers, the fact that Tabata and Ofuji even talked about her design indicates that enough people complained to bring it to their attention. Sound off in the comments below!



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  1. Dudleyville
    April 30, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    “Some Users” are the worst.

  2. mrfusspot
    April 30, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    People don’t like an attractive and fit woman anymore. “Promotes sexism”
    And that’s fine. They don’t have to play FFXV if that offends them. There are plenty of games with “better” representation.
    I hear Swords and Sworcery EP has great female representation…

  3. Julie
    April 30, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    “Some users” can piss off with their hatred of attractive women.

  4. heavens_feel
    April 30, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    What’s up with all the #fitshaming ? The lady’s empowered, in charge of her body, and can wear whatever she wants.

  5. waka333
    April 30, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    “Cindy of Final Fantasy XV is Apparently Too Sexy for Some Idiots”


  6. Getting Gay With Kids
    Getting Gay With Kids
    April 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    This is what the gaming industry is devolving into. People more concerned about some clothing on a character than good gameplay or story. I will be incredibly disappointed if they changed her. She’s an attractive character and there’s nothing wrong with that. I mean you hear people that want to make video games an art form, but at the same time promote censorship against things they find “problematic.”

  7. alex benhard
    alex benhard
    April 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    i REALLY hope they don’t change her design, maybe people should show Tabata and Square support, showing that there is no need to change her, maybe by emails, twitter or maybe even a article.

  8. Postcards
    April 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    If you don’t like it, don’t buy it ya?

  9. birdboy2000
    April 30, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Weren’t there guys in FF games who were just as lewd? Though I haven’t played any in a while.

  10. Getting Gay With Kids
    Getting Gay With Kids
    April 30, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    It’s a double standard they can’t seem to understand. It’s amazing that these people function in real life. It’s a video game. Get over it.

  11. Siveon
    April 30, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I don’t know where they get off, by Japanese standards her outfit is freakin’ conservative.

    On a more serious note, Cindy is too sexy, but oh – them dolled up bishi dudes acting as the main cast? Perfectly fine. I too use 2 gallons of hair gel every morning and wear all black attire. It’s like I’m looking at a mirror.

    For fucks sake, someone tell me when this rollercoaster ends.

  12. Getting Gay With Kids
    Getting Gay With Kids
    May 1, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I’m hoping it’s like the moral panic of the 90s and it will eventually die down.

  13. Jack Ripper
    Jack Ripper
    May 1, 2015 at 12:06 am

    People bitch about everything nowadays.

    There is no good solution if you bend over every complaints because there’s just too many. They shouldn’t change Cindy because there’s nothing wrong with her.

  14. Norasuko
    May 1, 2015 at 12:11 am

    He seems to not even know what they are talking about. Comes to show how this level of fussiness about sexual non-issues just happens on our side.

    Lately it seems we went back to the 50s with how puritan people are being around here, covering girls cleavages in cover art like in Guilty Gear and changing costumes for western releases like in Bravely Default.

  15. Neojames82
    May 1, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Stop it, you are making too much sense and logic!

    Seriously though, I thought a lot of these SJW were against “slut shaming” when it comes to real women but when it comes to fictional women, oh no we can’t have reveling clothing!

  16. Norasuko
    May 1, 2015 at 12:14 am

    You people complaining should be doing voluntary work in your local woman’s shelter and stop caring about a videogame having a sexy girl in it, like it was terrorism.

  17. Norasuko
    May 1, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Vaan and Seymour wore less than this girl, yes. Final Fantasy always had characters with revealing clothes of both genders. People just decided to complain about it now.

  18. birdboy2000
    May 1, 2015 at 12:17 am

    That’s what I thought. Fucking neopuritans.

  19. Norasuko
    May 1, 2015 at 12:18 am

    She doesn’t look like a mechanic… Yes, and those 4 cute guys sure look like warriors.

  20. TheCynicalReaper
    May 1, 2015 at 12:20 am

    “So what do you guys think? Perhaps the naysayers of Cindy’s design would be happier seeing a mechanic like Ellie from Borderlands 2?”
    I fucking love you, man

  21. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    May 1, 2015 at 12:21 am

    When people say they want to make video games an art form, what they really mean is they want video games to be a respectable hobby. Whether it already is or not in your eyes isn’t relevant, since to these people it isn’t.

    Which is a colossal shame. They think a respectable medium is something that is afraid to create something that has even the slightest chance of offending someone. I personally have more respect for a medium that doesn’t bow down to people crying for censorship than one that caves to people who aren’t even your userbase.

  22. TheCynicalReaper
    May 1, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Cindy is hot, seemingly fun and was quaintly funny. She’s also apparently one of the few girls in the entire game, which has an all-male party.
    Deal with it, fujoshi.

  23. Norasuko
    May 1, 2015 at 12:21 am

    I bet if she was ugly or manly they would also say it’s sexist because “beautiful feminine women can be mechanics too”.
    And lets not forget if she was a man people would complain there’s no women in the game.

  24. Neojames82
    May 1, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Holy shit, you have said what I have been saying to myself all this time…thank you for saying this!

  25. Random45
    May 1, 2015 at 12:24 am

    People are always gonna bitch. No use getting upset over this.

  26. DeusEx
    May 1, 2015 at 12:29 am

    When I look at Cindy, I see a capable mechanic and sexy woman.

    When butthurt SJWs look at Cindy, they see a sex object.

    Who’s the sexist here?

  27. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 at 1:03 am

    To the people who said that this would never catch up with Japan.
    What now huh?

    There are only two options now.

    Option one is to be against it, voice feedback, go as far as threatening boycotting if necessary.
    Let them know that not all fans are onboard with the puritanical nonsense.
    And let them know they have to choose who and how to please now.

    And option two involves doing anything other than option one, remaining silent or saying that it’s not so bad if they change it, not threatening to boycott, accepting it in any way or form it is all worth the same to them.
    They will figure this is the way to go in the future, this is what the audience wants, and they will have a political correctness check in the future games.

  28. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Exactly, nobody looks like anything they’re supposed to be, it’s all obviously style over realism here, and it’s why people love the franchise in the first place.

    But suddenly things have to be realistic whenever good looking women are the subject.
    Talk about double standards.

  29. Zizal
    May 1, 2015 at 1:05 am

    I didn’t want to take the survey but it’s time to fight back. The survey still open and I have the game and the code. I will take it but I hope my feedback will reach Square Enix JP because I don’t know if Square Enix EU in the bed with the feminist mafia who support everything ugly.

  30. sanic
    May 1, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Welding and a lot of auto body work is very hot and uncomfortable, I’d do it wearing nothing but a protective cup for my important bits if I had the luxury.

  31. Zizal
    May 1, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Our voice won’t be heard in EU if these people have control over Square Enix EU. I hope this isn’t the case.

  32. Godmars
    May 1, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Well, Square has yet to show they can make something with good gameplay or story, at least since FF10 – and by that I mean FF10-2 – such has become questionable, and what’s been seen of FF15 hasn’t assured many. Cindy being exemplary of that.

    I wouldn’t have issue with her if she were a member of the party, rather than the under dressed mechanic and J-pop shop girl they seem to be advertising her as.

  33. BeholdMyPower
    May 1, 2015 at 1:19 am

    I’d like to think JP devs will stick to their guns, but just to be sure is there anywhere one could effectively ‘counter complain’?

  34. Fenrir7
    May 1, 2015 at 1:23 am

    I’m so sick of these puritanical asswipes sucking the life out of every form of entertainment conceivable. The third reich was less uptight than these fucking people.

  35. Cerzel
    May 1, 2015 at 1:45 am

    I am quite offended, honestly, and I demand that they make a change before the final game is released.
    Her name is Cidney, god damn it. Why the hell did they change it to Cindy?

  36. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 at 1:49 am

    Twitter, facebook, their surveys, their customer supports.

  37. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Nah they’d rather complain until she’s covered up to be less sexually intimidating.

  38. Firion Hope
    Firion Hope
    May 1, 2015 at 1:55 am

    It’s literally not any different at all from the guy who’s wearing a open jacket with no undershirt

  39. TheSegaMan
    May 1, 2015 at 2:13 am

    I really think we have come to the point where everyone just gets offended over a woman being sexy in a video game. There is a HUGE difference between someone who is being objectified, and someone who is just sexy. Cindy appears to be a great character that serves a purpose, not someone who is just a sexy object for the main characters to drool over.

    I can honestly understand why someone would be uncomfortable looking at Cindy’s design. But this whole “sexy women are sexist so lets bitch till its censored” mentality that I see a lot of people having these days is getting ridiculous and old.

  40. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 at 2:56 am

    SJW are the masters of doublethink.

  41. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 at 2:59 am

    So you mean Square Enix EU is under questionable management and feeding Square Enix all this biased nonsense, presenting them this manufactured misinformation and blowing it out of proportion for their own political moral and ideological stances?

    Because that would be a terrible thing.

  42. TheCynicalReaper
    May 1, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Might as well put a burka on her.

  43. Zizal
    May 1, 2015 at 3:20 am

    They self censor their games and I don’t think that because of the rating but because of the information they are getting from their western branches. I don’t have any evidence to support my claim but that’s what I think.

  44. raze2012
    May 1, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I doubt it. There’s been “boob outrage” ever since VII. Tifa, Rikku, Yuna in X-2, Fran, Vanille (and maybe Fang? I forget), Lighning, Chocolina… And those are just the numbered, non-MMO ones. Been proven wrong before, but I think Cindy will be fine. We should REALLY be worried about Gladiolous’ glorious cleavage being censored ;_;


    As for the rest of the story, I am slightly surprised that FFXV is skipping E3, but appearing at Gamescom. Probably just time issues, but an intriguing choice.

  45. MusouTensei
    May 1, 2015 at 7:28 am

    “However, she’s a very active and bright character, I can’t see us changing the current design.”
    That’s the spirit.

  46. RetroGamer
    May 1, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Oh, Japanese developers, thank you for not submitting to the whims of Western feminists and whiny male hipsters. Please never change.

  47. RetroGamer
    May 1, 2015 at 7:36 am

    I wonder how much of the offense is because she’s a HOT woman? I don’t remember hearing any complaints about the cow from Border Lands 2.

  48. Vampok
    May 1, 2015 at 9:17 am

    It’s funny how the SJW’s only ever bring up realism in character designs when it’s a sexy female character.

    Characters can; wear literal tons of armor plates, be covered head to toe in spikes that would probably lead to self impalement, have dozens of belts and pouches hanging off every part of them just asking to get snagged on something, wield weapons larger then themselves, wield horribly impractical weapons like gunblades or whipswords, or survive hits that would probably turn a normal human into paste (like getting stomped by a dragon), and the SJWs won’t say anything.

    But as soon as some girl has a boobplate or an open topped mechanic’s outfit they all start running around screaming about it being unrealistic.

  49. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    May 1, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Young male showing off abs and has sword moves that involve him even stretching backward to show them off in zoomed-in detail: okay

    Woman with a little bit of cleavage who bends over: BAD.

    Love this new generation’s logic.

  50. Kiryu
    May 1, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I don’t see what’s so unrealistic in that character,i see women showing cleavage every time and nobody holds a gun to their head forcing them to do so.

  51. Z0nne
    May 1, 2015 at 10:31 am

    lol so let me get this straight…It’s perfectly normal in America for a guy to rip another guy’s intestines out trough their mouth in MKX but show some cleavege or tits and OHMyGERD im so ofended!! smh….

  52. Kiryu
    May 1, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Yup you got it.

  53. 100% noob
    100% noob
    May 1, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I love how people think that somehow cleavage or anything sexualizing a woman is somehow a irredeemable factor in gaming to not be seen as a “art form”

    The people who believe that somehow video games aren’t art are the same
    ones that pin gone home as the greatest video game ever created even
    though it’s just a story writable by a 8th grade student that has the
    average problems with their parents, but add in a gay character or two
    and it’s somehow the second coming of jesus. These people forgot nor
    even knew what a video game is meant to be in the first place

    Games are already an art form, it just encompasses music (ambient or something else, helps set moments for bosses or just encounters with enemies), graphics (level design and the setting help show a whole new world possible), a story (not needed but can still be present), and theme (where does this stuff take place as well as what does it look like?) to it all, it just happens to be one that is meant to be more interactive than a movie, much like a classical board game of chess, but without taking turns. The interactivity is what separates video games from movies (unless the developers are going for a cinematic approach to a game but at that point it might as well be called a interactive movie).

    Why these people qualify as who can say what is not art or not can say what they want, and so shall I, and again for that matter, video games are already an art form, regardless on if you like what it contains and that you find “problematic” even though there have been statues without any clothing for many years before you were even born.

  54. Tromboner
    May 1, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Show those naysayers Ellie and they’ll cry fat-shaming. They are almost never pleased because they are professional outragists, seeking offense wherever they go. They are not customers and companies should pay no heed to their complaints over the voices of their fanbases.

  55. Brotaku
    May 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Would you tell a painter to scrap and redo his work because it doesn’t appeal to you? No. Creators make what they want. If you’re not a fan of someone’s work, instead of trying to bend them to your personal preferences, go out and find somebody else’s work that you actually like, and become a fan of theirs. The world is full of creators and different kinds of content, there’s no shortage to choose from. Find what you like and support it instead of trying to force creators to make what they don’t want to make. Things will naturally work out. If nobody enjoys what someone is making, it won’t be a success. If many people do, it will be. But it’s not up to us to dictate what creators should or shouldn’t make. It’s up to us to be supporters, or not, and nothing more.

  56. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    May 1, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Pretty sure Riku from FFX wore way sexier clothing than Cindy. Where did these offendotrons pop up suddenly?

  57. EnglishGit
    May 1, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    The “SJW” brigade in the West hav gotten power-mad over successful censorship they have achieved, and are obsessed with turning everything into Polyanna crap when they likely have no intention of playing such games anyway

  58. Gaspar
    May 1, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    People respected designers more back then. Twitter and social media made all those groups entitled.

  59. Akumanoid
    May 1, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Things like this make me want to do a Baltimore style protest against SJWs including fire and throwing bricks.

  60. Alistair
    May 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    So if it’s not lolis in ecchi games now it’s women of legal age clothing.

    Proves that SJW are full of crap.

  61. TsukuyomiMagi99
    May 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    That’s why Square shouldn’t listen to these people because they’re never happy. And besides they aren’t the ones buying their games. We are.

  62. TsukuyomiMagi99
    May 1, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Sorry SJW’s don’t speak Common Sense. They speak bullshitese.

  63. TsukuyomiMagi99
    May 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    It has to do with the face that they hate male sexuality due to the detrimental effects of the male gaze. Which has lead to all the evils that women suffer on a constant basis such as rape etc. The problem with the theory however is that the “Male Gaze” has no credible scientific study behind it. If you haven’t yet watch Christina Hoff Sommers’ enlightening video about the latest swimsuit issue in sports illustrated.

    The good news is that SJW’s no matter what they do they won’t win because sex and reproduction are just hardwired into our brains as mammals.

  64. TsukuyomiMagi99
    May 1, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    To all Japanese developers out there if you are reading this please keep doing what you are doing. Know that these people are nothing but a small minority who will not buy you products anyway and will find anything in your products to complain about. They do not speak for the majority of us who do love your games.


    A Fan

  65. FalseTragedian
    May 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Hell, there are guys in *this* FF showing off their torsos.

  66. Getting Gay With Kids
    Getting Gay With Kids
    May 1, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Let’s hope it doesn’t happen, but a lot can happen between now and release.

  67. Getting Gay With Kids
    Getting Gay With Kids
    May 1, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Fuck men. It only matters what happens to women. /s

  68. jlenoconel
    May 1, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Feminists and SJWs are ruining everything.

  69. Raziel Barkrai
    Raziel Barkrai
    May 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    What happened to appreciating style over realism?

  70. Getting Gay With Kids
    Getting Gay With Kids
    May 1, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I wouldn’t say that. I consider myself a feminist. It’s a very radical authoritarian section of the far left. I wouldn’t care if people made their own games. They want to get rid of anything they don’t like as well and I’m not cool with that.

  71. Kraken
    May 1, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    is the criticism coming from japan or is it from the west? oh god please dont let them be listening to tumblr…

  72. Ben Reilly
    Ben Reilly
    May 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Luckily Japan doesn’t give a FFUUUUUUUUUUCCCCKKKK about the people who are complaining.

  73. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    The statement is still true even if it doesn’t apply to your special case, allegedly.

  74. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    SJW are rabid wolves in sheep disguise.
    They will pretend to be nice but they are always the first to start mocking other women, fictional or even real, and go on about how “real” women should look while making fun of all the women that are different from them.
    In the end they’re the most superficial and judgemental kind of people.

  75. WartHog
    May 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Seems to me that there are more and more people complaining about characters who wear what a lot of real kids wear. I have seen lots of teens/20 somethings dressed similarly to this or with less on.

  76. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    May 2, 2015 at 1:26 am

    How come nobody complained that the four bro/hunks that form the main cast are too sexy? Oh sexism, you and your double standards~.

  77. JPDL
    May 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    If Japan starts listening to those people too, then I really fear for the future of the video game industry, this kind of decisions sould always be up to the directors, ideally they should be the only ones who decide what they want or not in the game, creative freedom is a blessing, threatning it cause of being afraid to offend someone is a very dangerous practice

  78. JPDL
    May 2, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    One would wish the others were as reasonable as you.

  79. JPDL
    May 2, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Never change based japan :v

  80. Shawn Smith
    Shawn Smith
    June 23, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    people are seriously concerned about a little cleavage? she’s a character and she’s dressed for a job that fits her personality. also mentioned about a game you wouldn’t play with your parents in the room? that’s bull because final fantasy games are meant for a mature audience and player. apparently these people are not mature enough for this game. Obviously a game like final fantasy isn’t meant to be picked up by a pre-teen young child but it’s not like she’s showing anything that you don’t already see in today’s society with how people dress these days. However i say keep her as she is, if people complain over it then don’t feed the fire just ignore it and leave a good game to be enjoyed by those who actually will do just that.

  81. Natroy
    November 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Come on people, I’ve just seen a genuine reaction from a player to this and not only her clothing but also her way of moving (which is alluded to in this post) are clearly sheer eroticism for the sake of it, which has nothing to do in a Final Fantasy!
    (See on YouTube: Bh5BZbPjUb8 at 58:20; it’s in French, but you should get the spirit.)
    Tifa was pretty, but not behaving in a ridiculously sexy manner, so her case is not really comparable to Cindy’s.
    (I might add that I am not at all a feminist nor a SJW; I strongly oppose both actually. ;))

  82. FiachSidhe
    November 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    You’re an idiot if you need to resort to such a stupid lazy and played out reductive fallacy.

  83. FiachSidhe
    November 30, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Itt horny man children whining about sjws and censorship when all they really mean is “let us keep our safe space boys club” and “never compromise when it comes to things that give us boners”.

  84. Baron Teapot
    Baron Teapot
    December 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    It does look a bit awkward. As if you can’t just have a good female character without showing off her tits.

    The idea that games are mostly aimed towards heterosexual young men seems to baffle some people. When she bends over and the camera zooms in on her curves, the director is doing that for the men playing the game. It doesn’t serve the character. It doesn’t serve the plot.

    Is it really not possible to have a stylish and attractive character without them showing their tits?

    When I want to see real tits, I look at real tits. When I want to play an engaging character drama featuring fleshed-out, realistic characters, I don’t play Square Enix games because they’re fucking useless.

    Let’s say you meet this girl in real life. She’s got her tits hanging out like that. I’d think she had some pretty horrible self-esteem issues, or had been sexually abused in some way, ’cause normally people don’t feel the need to expose themselves in every possible way unless they’re specifically looking to find someone to fuck.