NIS America are publishing Dungeon Travelers 2. They also published Criminal Girls, which was on the receiving end of some controversy regarding its censorship from some groups online. They said they did all they had to on that title to be able to receive an age rating, which is probably fair enough. Naturally, some people have been wondering whether Dungeon Travelers 2 will be affected.
Honesty is often the best policy, and it’s nice to see ATLUS following suit with their recent news bulletin explaining how Dungeon Travelers 2‘s censorship is being handled.
Here’s what they had to say on it:
Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal presented some challenges during the localization process — specifically, adapting some of the fan service content to western sensibilities. Localization by nature requires some changes to be made for content to be understood en masse, which is why ATLUS worked closely with developer AquaPlus to preserve the game’s themes and content to its fullest.
In order to comply with restrictions set forth by rating boards, ATLUS made concessions on just four in-game images. On these images, some minor edits were made (and approved by the developer) to adjust the overt graphics to within acceptable ranges for the game’s M-rating.
ATLUS is committed to being one of the leading publishers of niche JRPGs, and are very aware of what impact censorship can have on import titles; we are confident that the changes we made to the images in Dungeon Travelers 2 were the least invasive possible to still be eligible for a release in the west.
Thematically, the game remains as true as possible to the original Japanese version, including the preservation of the original Japanese audio.
So, all in all, only four images have been changed. That’s not really many. I think it’s pretty good going! How about you? Does it still incense you? Let us know, maybe. Or don’t. It’s up to you.
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