Divinity Original Sin’s Pre-Censored Art Returns

You may remember that there was a bit of a controversy leading up to Original Sin‘s release: the artist responsible for the character’s designs was forced to censor his original drawing of the main female protagonist and change it to something less skimpy due to public outcry. Naturally, people were upset, but the game’s quality was such that the situation was somewhat overshadowed by the overwhelmingly strong public reaction to Larian’s newest CRPG.

And yet, during this recent Steam sale, some observant gamers discovered that the banner ad for the game mysteriously returned to the pre-censored version.

It’s rather well known that Larian wasn’t happy with the redesign, but you know how the industry is right now. To see them return to the old design when their game is at its most visible thanks to the current Steam sale is quite telling, however. There is already a lengthy discussion going on about this on the Steam forums, for those interested.

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Carl Batchelor


Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

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  1. AnarKreig
    December 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

    There is something wrong when the first I noticed upon the shift in featured steam sales, was in fact the bare midriff of the old cover art. Whoever made the decision to use that image for the sale deserves praise for causing another, albeit it minor, stir in the pot.

    I always found the “it’s moronic and not realistic” argument to be a dull point, for truth of the matter is; If any fantasy game were to adhere to realism, there would be no women in armor at all.

  2. JackDandy
    December 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Super glad to see this!

  3. RandomDev
    December 1, 2014 at 11:15 am

    If you don’t like a games art style don’t buy it but don’t try and force the dev to censor it!

  4. Gray Dreams
    Gray Dreams
    December 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Good heavens. Such sexual objectification.

    How would you feel if it was your daughter in that armor? Your mother? Your sister?

    This culture of toxic masculinity and rape culture is destroying the lives of our women!

  5. Cy
    December 1, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I personally find revealing armor to be stupid and pointless. It never looks good and it takes me out of the game to see all these warrior woman walking around in what are basically bikinis.

  6. Nin
    December 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Hey, if my mom wants to wear skimpy armor, I wouldn’t stop her. I would be more worried about my eyes bleeding, kek.

    And if I had a daughter and she wore that, well, more grandchildren for me I suppose.

  7. Nin
    December 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I somewhat agree, though maybe that’s because full body metal armor is one of the more irrational fetishes that I have.

    Though, if a creator wants metal bikinis, I can’t stop him.

  8. LurkerJK
    December 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    very observant gamers indeed, I looked at the ad like 10 times and didnt even notice the difference, my brain gave no shits apparently

  9. Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy
    December 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    It’s fantasy, it’s supposed to be stupid and pointless. :P

  10. John Smith
    John Smith
    December 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I’d like to give Larian more money but I’ve already purchased 4 copies when it came out =(

  11. 33
    December 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Wait a minute. Are you trying to tell women how to dress? Sexist. Women can dress however they please.

  12. ReaperX30
    December 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I really don’t see what the big deal is. It’s only a game and the art was not that shocking. All the big fuss for a belly but games are getting more and more violent and nobody complain about that. There’s even a dude on the thread about the controversy that wrote that he could “suspend his disbelief for the armors not being realistic” and anyway he never played females characters so it didn’t really affect him. Oooo I can’t play a female character, they’ll think I’m gay or something! IT’S A GAME PEOPLE! And I though I had problems. Screw that I’ll go play Seran Kagura Shinobi Versus!

  13. poofin
    December 1, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This is great news! Already, our voices are being heard.

  14. JackDandy
    December 1, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Good thing nobody forces anybody to wear them in-game, then :P

  15. Yamato-san
    December 1, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Not to mention that in fantasy, you’re usually getting more protection from magic and other mystical shit than you are from any piece of earthly metal. Who’s to say that bikini armor or those leotards in Dragon Quest aren’t enchanted?

  16. Crazy_O
    December 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    That’s good to see. Never bow down, outrage warriors smell weakness and won’t stop attacking you, no in fact they will intensify their attacks. Just ignore them, they will forget about you in a couple of days or on the next shirtgate or whatever brings them more publicity to be outraged about.

  17. magicalfollower
    December 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    WTF did i just read?

  18. Kraken
    December 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    personaly i liked edited ver a bit better. it was still sexy but now she was properly armored.

    but im glad to see the old art getting used again despite what happened with the perpetually offended brigade

  19. RandomDev
    December 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    The sarcasm is strong with this one.

  20. Red Lagoon
    Red Lagoon
    December 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Good news everyone!

  21. Max Headroom
    Max Headroom
    December 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I absolutely disagree.

    People can accept that Superman can fly; but we can’t accept that as soon as he puts on a pair of glasses, nobody recognizes him. Because this doesn’t make sense in ANY universe – it’s a breech of logic.

    Same thing with female Fantasy armour. I can accept that we’re in a universe where orcs and elves exist – but I absolutely cannot accept that it makes sense to wear a metal bra to battle. Again – it doesn’t make sense in ANY universe.

    People still need to behave the way we would have expected them to behave if the conditions of their universe was reality. Wearing a metal bikini for protection is ridiculous and inexcusable, and should be purged from the genre.

  22. Siveon
    December 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Oh joy, someone who wants to nitpick.

    It doesn’t make any sense to wear a giant belt over the chest, but it’s there anyway. Why aren’t they wearing helmets, if they’re wearing full body armor shouldn’t they be wearing helmets?

    If potions are such a precious commodity, that can heal all wounds why aren’t monsters and bandits stockpiling them? Why, as human beings, can they withstand lightning bolts without dying instantly?

    See? I can point out flaws in the name of realism, but where the hell is the fun in that?

    Dude, it doesn’t make any freaking sense and I don’t particularly care for it either, but I’ll be damned if I start to cry bloody murder about something so petty like costume design. There are way better things out there to complain about than fuckin’ aesthetics.

  23. Fenrir007
    December 1, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I wanna live in a world where artwork change isn’t newsworthy. Sadly, a certain vocal group will keep this dream of mine from happening for the foreseeable future.

  24. Cy
    December 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    That’s not even remotely close to being true.

  25. Sarron
    December 1, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    This speaks volumes.
    The industry has had enough of this puritan shit.

  26. Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy
    December 2, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Superman is still set in a real-world setting, not fantasy. So you can’t really compare both worlds simultaneously.

  27. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    December 2, 2014 at 3:10 am

    I’ll be honest, I thought the problem with the cover art is that they were holding hands.

    To be honest, I find ‘breastplates’ to be meh: my general rule is that if it is dressed like Fate’s Saber, then it is acceptable. Unless the character is a mage/rogue, then go balls off on the skimpy.

  28. Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy
    December 2, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Okay, then how are elves, dwarves, goblins, and orcs not stupid looking? Plus, bikini armor is useful for girls to have more agility and more air to breathe than wearing heavy armor all the time. Girls’ gotta have air to rest know! :S

  29. Thanatos2k
    December 2, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Good for them. There was no “public outcry” there was whining by a few who deserved to be ignored.

  30. Gray Dreams
    Gray Dreams
    December 2, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Yeah, this is usually the case. The SJWs are good at blowfishing and making themselves seem more numerous than they actually are. Part of how we win is by making people understand that 99% of people don’t give a shit about what PC agitators and malcontents give a shit about.

  31. JCTXS
    December 2, 2014 at 11:15 am

    They went back to the censored art at some point.

  32. Cy
    December 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Because they’re just not? Unless your only experience with them is the terrible, super stylized WoW models I don’t know how any of those fantasy species look “stupid”. And even if they did, that doesn’t mean fantasy itself is “stupid and pointless”. You’re dismissing an entire genre of storytelling to make a point about skimpy clothing.

  33. Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy
    December 2, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I never said that were, I’m just saying it’s part of a fantastical world where anything is possible and bikini armor is a nice, beautiful part of that type of systematic setting. :)

  34. Cy
    December 2, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    “Matt McCoy a day ago

    It’s fantasy, it’s supposed to be stupid and pointless. :P”

  35. Gray Dreams
    Gray Dreams
    December 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I am telling men how *not* to dress women. The woman here is a cartoon, and so has no choice regarding her manner of dress. She should not be dressed in a way that sexually objectifies her for the viewing pleasure of rape-culture supporting misogynists!

  36. Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy
    December 2, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Stupid can be beautiful too, sweetie pie~ <3

  37. Gyr0Man
    December 3, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Suck it SJW’s

  38. SnugRailgun
    December 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I’m personally a lot more likely to buy a game if there’s bikini armor present. I like attractive women in my games, and I wish people like you would stop taking them away.

  39. SnugRailgun
    December 28, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I won’t buy this game purely because they censored the cover art. I don’t support censorship.

  40. SnugRailgun
    December 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I think putting women on the battlefield at all is stupid.

  41. SnugRailgun
    December 28, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    So it would be okay if a woman had drawn that picture? Isn’t it sexist to only allow women to draw women in such a manner? Can women not also find her attractive?

    That said I’m pretty sure you’re just pretending to be retarded.

  42. Cy
    December 28, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    When did I say I wanted to take attractive woman away from you? That’s a pretty big leap from “I think revealing armor is stupid”, which is what my comment said.

  43. SnugRailgun
    December 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    So you only want to take away the revealing armor they’re wearing? That’s still a no go for me mate. Fictional women are the only ones I care for after all.

  44. cajaquarius
    January 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I am alright with it either way. I alway thought options would fix this. I wish more games would give more options in appearance. For example, given an option, I would like to play as a trappy femboy in more games but, usually, I have to go with an overt female because men are built like brick shithouses (in the west, at least).

  45. SnugRailgun
    March 27, 2015 at 12:12 am

    You don’t want to remove the things you find stupid?

  46. Cy
    March 27, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Of course I do, anyone would, but I’m not unreasonable enough to expect every single game be tailored to my tastes. I just avoid the ones that are stupid to me, while hoping that the next one I hear about has content that I like.

  47. SnugRailgun
    March 27, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Nope, but you are trying to make more games to your tastes and less games to mine.

  48. Cy
    March 27, 2015 at 1:24 am

    And the kind of people who want to make games that you’d like probably aren’t the kind who would make games that I like, so it’s still not “taking attractive women” away from you.

  49. SnugRailgun
    April 2, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Then it’s taking away their attractive attire.