I'm writing this to bring attention to the character height restriction in the NA version of PSO2. Every other topic I've seen on this has because incredibly hostile at times, so please refrain from that. Currently, the character height is said to be restricted to 154cm (according to Arks-layer). While messing around with the Japanese character creator, I was able to get my height to 139cm. This difference is nearly half a foot which is, by not means, a small amount.
When I contacted a GM to ask for the reasoning for this change, they told me that it was due to ESRB rating. However, I feel that this is false and they are trying to restrict height for no reason. My reasoning for this comes from FFXIV, another MMO. In FFXIV, there is a race that are called Lalafell that can be far shorter than 139cm and can look very young. The minimum height for Lalafell is 86.87cm (2'10.2"). Not only this, FFXIV has skimpy clothing as well. This means that you can make a Lalafell that wears a bikini. Here is a quick example I grabbed from google. It should be noted that FFXIV has the ability to do this and still retains an ESRB rating of T.
With all of this in mind, the NA PSO2 team really shouldn't be worried about the ESRB rating being pushed to an M from it's current rating of T. I feel like they are just being overly cautious because they are falsely thinking that this may push their rating over to M. Unless they can give us actual proof that the ESRB threatened to give the game a rating of M directly because of the height slider, I'm calling this reasoning bunk.
This game is supposed to be a role-playing game and character design plays a huge part in a player's enjoyment. Height doesn't directly relate to age (especially in a fantasy/Sci-fi setting). I've seen some incredibly irrational people that think that making a character short or small makes someone a pedophile, but this is such a flawed way of thinking. Part of the fun of these types of games is playing different races. Limiting these races to what humans are like in real life is, quite frankly, stupid as they are in fictitious worlds. This is especially the case with CAST. Why should a robot race be limited height wise when they aren't even human. That makes little sense.
I don't care if people are against or for limiting the height system. The fact of the matter is, this is a change that didn't have to be made and limits the character creation for no reason. Like I said before, they should be able to retain a T rating due to Square Enix doing it with FFXIV. Even if they can't, The game is rated CERO D (17 and up) in Japan. The game is supposed to cater towards a mature audience anyway. Don't change the game to try and cater to a younger audience when it wasn't intended to in the first place.
Anyways, I feel that they should change the minimum height back regardless of if the game will be given an M rating because of it (I doubt it will). Sorry for the rant, but I feel that the PSO2 NA team is making this change for no reason and are giving this ESRB rating excuse even though it isn't real. We were told we would receive all of the content that Japan has, but that is clearly a lie. I understand that some collabs won't happen because of licensing, but making a change to the character creator is unacceptable. Please remove this arbitrary restriction.