The massive difference is that PSO2 characters can and are (In JP) shaped and purposefully edited to look like and have the proportions of actual realistic young children, and equippted with lewd gear.
This is made even worse by the fact that overtime, they have added clothes, costumes and accessories that are worn, in real life, by youngsers, students and literal children, adding to the issue.
The Western SJW media would have a massive field trip with PSO2 if this was easy, ready and available in our version and it could literally spell the death and malignment of the series forever for it´s Western audience.
This may be both ridiculous and unfair but it is also very real and that kind of media and communities do sadly have a lot of power and say in today´s society and they do have the power to cause a lot of damage to a game´s reputation.
I am personally against the censorship for moral reasons and because of the slippery slope issue, but ultimately i can understand why it happened.
Everyone knows i am the first one in this forum to call PSO2NA for it´s misgivings and from an objectie point of view, i am upset at any and all censoring by default.
But i am also not blind to the reason and the fact they had little precious options if they wanted this game not to die before it had a chance to even live, and to not become the center of attention for all the wrong and potentially lethal reasons.
100% this guy's post.
I think you're both severely overestimating 'unnamed media website's' power to 'ruin' games when games like TERA and Black Desert Online are around and doing well with more egregious content. Not to mention that if some dirtrag site wanted to slander this game, a couple centimeters on a height meter wont stop them.