Janet may have had her own Nipplegate, now Tomb Raider: Legend publisher Eidos joins the fray. The game’s US release date of April 11th has been moved back after someone had posted textures of the game to a forum clearly showing nipples on a bare breast.
The game contains a chapter set in Tokyo, where several women are dancing in the distance. To keep it simple for the animators they had initially modeled all the women naked, so they could simply drape different dresses around them later. Why the breasts were there complete with nipples initially I don’t want to know, but the funny thing is that the developers did their work right: in the final version of the game that part of the texture is not even mapped to any points in the meshes. Translation for the less-technical people is that it is beyond impossible to see the breast in-game, you can only see it when you are ripping textures out of the game’s files. Or when you are reading Xboxic, because we have proof ofcourse shown below:
What this all means is that because of America’s well-known hypocrisy towards nudity (half the population sucks on nipples frequently for the first few months of their life but then you aren’t allowed to see them for 18 years), Eidos has issued a fix to be applied to the game’s files and take the few days delay this causes for granted. US Xbox owners need not have hope of getting their forgotten intro movie after all since only the PC version is being fixed: it’s not possible for Joe Average to extract textures from the console versions. Thus whether the other versions also suffer from the delay is unknown.
Update: FiringSquad is reporting that the story would be false because Eidos denies it. Well hey let’s trust the guys, they have no reason to lie about it huh? I’d also publicly deny it if I were Eidos PR guys: that’s called “damage control”. The fact that they are meanwhile contacting me to ask how the hell I got hold of this info that they were trying to keep secret should be sufficient proof.
Apart from that I have no idea how I should’ve faked the texture. I challenge anyone getting their hand on the game to extract the textures and show it to the world for comparison.
Another update: Challenge was taken, and well… can’t do more solid proof than this.
And while I’m at it: EU-only 1.1 patch removes the nipples.