Sony would appear to be flexing it’s muscles recently in enforcing what things it is allowing on PS4, with the latest target in the firing line being Senran Kagura Burst RE:Newal, which has had its release date delayed by Sony taking umbrage with the in-game ‘Intimacy Mode’.
This was revealed via XSEED’s Twitter account early on Saturday morning (embedded below), with further clarification made since about the nature of the problems that Sony had by XSEED localisation producer Tom Lipschultz , stressing that this is a new policy with the company. This is likely the same change in policy that PQube run afoul of recently with the cancellation of Omega Labyrinth Z in the West, and has led to a quite significant discussion online as to the nature of censorship in gaming.
— XSEED Games (@XSEEDGames) October 13, 2018
This has been a growing trend in recent times, with both Steam and Sony censoring, removing or outright banning games on their platforms. This has seen the more sexy anime games falling before the sights first with the more controversial AAA games getting away with what many believe to be far worse. Personally, I don’t want to weigh in on what is a contentious and explosive issue, but instead wish to echo XSEED’s Twitter in saying that we respect the wishes of the platform holder on this matter at this time.
What do you think about this situation? Do you agree with Sony’s requests, or believe them to be excessive? Do you agree with the content being in the game at all? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter, and check back for more updates with this game and other Japanese titles in the future.
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