There’s been a lot of chatter about Tifa’s new design for Final Fantasy VII Remake, and it all hit a fever pitch when a recent Famitsu exchange with Tetsuya Nomura made its way online. Thanks to some out-of-context misunderstandings and inadequate translations, many were left to assume Square Enix had intentionally reduced the size of Tifa’s breasts.
Which is a thing everyone is worried about, apparently.
It’s definitely enough of a thing to warrant pointing everyone toward a clarification posted over at Kotaku. Echoing the sentiments of YouTuber Gaijinhunter, Brian Ashcraft did a line by line translation of the Japanese interview, in which Nomura explains adjustments made to Tifa’s clothing.
While they didn’t change the full body silhouette of the character, they did increase many of the little details, which included providing an outfit more suitable for action. So, how does that affect her chest? Let’s just go ahead and have a look at the direct exchange between Famitsu and Nomura:
Famitsu: Since Tifa’s chest is large, was there any consideration also given how the rendering was done?
Nomura: First of all, since we wanted Tifa to have defined abs, we made her more athletic looking. And then, there were also directions from our internal ethics committee that as not to make even the most intense action look unnatural it was necessary to bind [Tifa’s] chest. And thus, for her single upper body clothing, we put a black undergarment with a fitting tank top for a fitness-conscious, sporty design.
So, no, Tifa’s breasts haven’t been shrunken by some magical spell. She has a sports bra on so she can, you know, fight! Much to the chagrin of many a fan out there, it just wouldn’t make sense for her not to have one on in a more realistic visual take on Final Fantasy VII.