Warning: The under story incorporates a possible spoiler for Persona 3 and Persona 3: Reload.
The Persona collection has lengthy had points with homosexual and trans panic, however Persona 3: Reload no less than removes the transphobia from one scene particularly.
The Persona 3 scene in query had the celebration making an attempt to hit on girls on the seashore, with Akihiko, Junpei, and the protagonist approaching a personality known as “Lovely Woman.” After some back-and-forth, Akihiko factors out a little bit of facial hair on her chin, to which Lovely Woman responds, “I-I missed a spot?!” Junpei then exclaims “she’s a he?!”
The dialogue is very barely modified in Persona 3 Transportable (the character is known as “Fairly Woman” as an alternative of “Lovely Woman”), however nonetheless contains the identical trans panic.
As first reported by Kotaku and verified by IGN, nevertheless, Persona 3: Reload adjustments the dialogue fairly a bit. The top end result is similar – the celebration operating away from the lady – however as an alternative of it being on account of her being trans, it is as a result of she’s really a conspiracy theorist making an attempt to promote them sunscreen.
Within the new scene, the dialog begins to go awry after “Fairly Woman” tells them, ” that solar within the sky is not actual, proper? That is a synthetic solar that acquired despatched into house again into the Eighties.”
Her character title then adjustments to “Delusional Woman” as she tells them that “regular sunscreen does not” work” towards that faux solar, and tries to promote them “particular” sunscreen for 300,000 yen. The gang figures out this character is slightly off, and scurry. The scene’s nonetheless slightly odd, however the transphobic side, no less than, is gone on this new model.
This is not the primary time Altus has made a change based mostly on homophobic or transphobic content material within the Persona collection. In 2020, Altus modified sure scenes in Persona 5 that have been thought of offensive and homophobic by followers for the Western launch of Persona 5 Royal.
For extra on Persona 3: Reload, try our evaluation, the place Michael Higham gave the remake a 9/10. With a stellar visible overhaul and numerous small however impactful adjustments, Persona 3 Reload tells a timeless story of tragedy and hope with sharp emotional sincerity,” Higham wrote.
Alex Stedman is a Senior Information Editor with IGN, overseeing leisure reporting. When she’s not writing or modifying, you will discover her studying fantasy novels or taking part in Dungeons & Dragons.