Lost Ark censors new Artist character to hide thighs and “fit western norms”

Lost Ark

Publisher Amazon Games revealed the Lost Ark roadmap of content for 2023, and with it confirmed they’ll censor a highly anticipated player class arriving in the game.

The new playable class (featured above), the Artist, is portrayed as a young girl with a skimpy skirt that almost reveals some gluteus – however Amazon says this doesn’t fit with “Western norms.”

As such, they’ll be censoring the digital female character with “shorts” and in some cases even “adjusted pant lengths” or “tights” that cover her thighs entirely.

“Nothing gameplay-related will change for the Artist Class, but some skins will be modified to better fit Western norms,” Amazon said in the Lost Ark roadmap. “Specifically, skins with short skirts will have shorts added underneath the skirt, and other skins will have adjusted pant lengths or tights added.

“We will be working to preserve the original spirit of the skins when applying these changes to ensure players will have a variety of compelling customization options for this uniquely versatile class.”

This isn’t the first time Amazon has censored Lost Ark to better fit in with whatever are now considered “western” norms.

The publisher previously covered up female cleavage and even in some cases gave characters black skin to address nonexistent claims the game lacked “representation.”

The Artist class summons new monsters in a creative new way – by painting them, silly. Further details on the April 2023-set class are scant but the Artist provides “strong support to allies” as her attack power “is on the low side.”

It’s worth nothing February 2023 marks the one year anniversary for the western launch of the MMO. To celebrate, the game will have a number of “special events” planned.

There’s also a new collab event with Witcher themed content arriving sometime this month – adding new skins based on Geralt and Ciri, and more.

Lost Ark has been available for Microsoft Windows (through Steam). In case you missed it, you can find our thorough review for the game here.

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