Fans have a lot to say when it comes to the localization of games, and Nintendo has been under fire a few times recently. It's not all bad, though, and Nintendo clarified some changes made to Bravely Second: End Layer, citing Japanese player feedback for the reason behind side quest alterations.
The side quest changes that had everyone riled up have to do with some optional quests that have been changed to have only "good" endings in the west. Overwhelming feedback suggested that Japanese players were feeling a ton of regret after some of the decisions they made in these side quests, leading to a not-so-pleasant experience for anyone.
Here's Nintendo's full statement on the changes:
Regarding changes made to Bravely Second: End Layer for worldwide release
Based on feedback received after Bravely Second: End Layer's release in Japan, the development team at Square Enix, in conjunction with Silicon Studio, decided to implement a number of revisions to the game for the purpose of improving its quality and creating a more enjoyable product.
One such change affects the game's optional side quests, where players encounter a conflict between two opposing parties and choose which party to side with.
When the game was released in Japan, each side quest would end with the team lamenting the decision they made, regardless of the player's decision. This was intended to help players empathise with the characters' situation, but overwhelming feedback from players indicated that they felt an unsatisfying disconnect between their intentions and the characters' reactions. In response, these side quest endings were amended to show the party readily coming to terms with their actions in a manner that does not cause the player undue regret for their decisions.
These changes do not affect the gameplay or the course of events in the game, and were made with the intention of improving the game experience for players.
Bravely Second: End Layer launched in Europe last month. North American fans will get to dig in when it hits Nintendo 3DS in the region on April 15.