It has recently come to my attention (from this NeoGAF thread) that Persona 4 Golden has, among its many new pieces of game content compared to the original P4, fanservice material that I can just describe as inappropriate. Examples are mainly the new bathhouse scene as well as optional equipment in battle:
Now, it could be argued that the original game had some of that with Rise's opening advertising scene and the swim suit competition (which I would counter-argue isn't as bad as this), for example. It could also be argued that the new optional equipment is, indeed, optional, so only people with... certain tastes would make use of them. That's true. But that new bathhouse scene is unavoidable (you can skip it, but it's still something every player will stumble into) and I don't think it's appropriate for scenes to linger on nude, underage P4 girls like that just for the segment of the fans that are into that. And, I know P3FES and P3P had the same kind of additional content, but that doesn't make this right.
This is made more frustrating when I realize that most of the original P4 team supposedly have practically nothing to do with this stuff since they're busy with Persona 5, so this is contrary to the team's original vision. One of the reasons Persona 4 is a remarkable RPG for me and many others, I'm sure, is because the female characters are not mere eye candy. They have their own fleshed out personalities and complex issues. Stuff like the images above totally screws that up. Why the hell would Naoto agree to wearing something like that when she's not even comfortable with wearing a female school uniform?
So, am I taking this new content far too seriously or is it a legitimate issue you guys also have a problem with?Also, it's worth noting that there are a ton of new outfits such as a classic detective outfit for Naoto with a trench coat, maid outfits, Persona 3 outfits, swimsuit outfits for the guys and this:
So the fanservice ones might be there just so that the developers could cover as much ground as they can, since they're optional, after all.