No, Serious Sam 4 isn't being censored but gamers are not "idiot man babies" for wondering if it was
|Harpies from Serious Sam 1, 2, and 3|
Since that Steam thread was created articles and YouTube videos began popping up discussing whether or not this was censorship. The first of these was from OneAngryGamer who took the time to stop whining about gay people existing to declare it was indeed censorship and the harpy was intended to be bare breasted but evil "Centrist™" would tie themselves in knots to defend it. BoundingIntoComics, a site that covers comic books as well as video games and other geek hobbies, seemed to agree with OneAngryGamer's assessment that it was indeed censorship.
Some journalist saw the controversy as a way to once again shit on gamers and soon VG24/7, TheGamer, and Glitched would put out articles about the people questioning the design change and not the design change itself. While TheGamer and Glitched at least tried to be subtle about their contempt for gamers, VG24/7 took it to eleven in their article by directing insulting gamers and anyone who cares about censorship. The article from VG24/7 was so egregious that YouTube commentator and streamer Vara Dark made a video about it that you can check out below.
What you will notice is missing from every article I linked was any attempt to contact the OP of the thread or the development team behind Serious Sam 4. This is despite the fact that one of the developers from Croteam making several comments on the Steam thread that kicked everything off. As for the OP of the thread, well he is easy enough to find and talk to if you are willing to do some basic journalism. Something many of my "peers" fail to do, since facts matter less than getting clicks as soon as possible.
While I will discuss what happened when I contacted the Serious Sam 4 developer later in the article, I think now is a good time to discuss the articles that have shit so hard on gamers. Most of them assume that the OP of the thread is some misogynistic man baby looking to get his rocks off to hrpy tits but that couldn't be further from the truth.
You see, CoolNatureBoy holds a staunch anti censorship stance and a deep appreciation for the artistic value in the human form. He is a lover of classical works of art like Micheangelo's David and the Venus de Milo. He believes nudity is not about pornography but artistic expression and celebration of the natural form. I know this because I have spoken to him at length about this. Now, CoolNatureBoy does not speak English very well so I will not be quoting him verbatim but rather paraphrasing what he told me was the reason behind the threads creation and how he feels about the articles written about his thread.
'I believed I saw a difference between the design of the harpy from Serious Sam 3 and the one in the Serious Sam 4 trailer. As I do not like censorship I went to the Steam forums and asked about it. Unfortunately the developers original response made me think what I believed I saw to be true. After the thread devolved into a pissing contest I decided to pin the developers comment that I thought answered the question. After I saw many articles come out about my thread I felt like voicing my opinion was a mistake so I edited the title and initial comment and closed it all.'
|Early harpy design sketch|
I digress because this isn't an article meant to shit on my contemporaries but rather Serious Sam 4 and what exactly is going on with those harpies. That said, the articles I linked also failed to update their initial stories with all relevant information. Again, these outlets did this is despite Danny from Croteam making several comments both on Twitter and in the Steam thread about the issue. After all, it is easy to push a narrative when you cherry pick what your readers see and try to limit their access to the full context.
|Initial developer comment|
|Developer explaining the reasoning behind the change|
|Developer clarifying that it is not censorship|
|Why adding optional bare breast models are not being considered|
In his Tweet, pictured above, Danny said the following "As I said the character artist had no directions to follow and they did whatever they felt looked best at the time.
We're here to create games and have fun doing so. There's no deeper meaning for what we do in terms of design. We follow the inspiration. That's about it." I briefly spoke to Daniel Lucic via Twitter DMs and he expressed a desire to move past this issue and focus on the excitement behind the upcoming release of Serious Sam 4.
|Harpy from tech demo|
|cropped 4K screen grab from the trailer|
While I can not say that the game will remain uncensored y, shape, or form censored. There will still be people who insist the game is being censored and the SJWs control everything, but people like that can never be reasoned with. Indeed, they are nothing more than the other side of the SJW coin. There will also be people out there who will call you names for simply being okay with harpy tits in a M rated game, fuck those people. Artistic expression goes both ways, so developers are free to put bikinis over harpy breast just like they are free to add bouncing gazongas to the flying bird women.
Developer Steam thread comments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
*All Serious Sam images courtesy of Croteam