Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Censorship Strikes The Bathhouse
(Last Updated On: October 30, 2016)

Gamers have been combing through content of recent titles following all the calls for censorship from groups like the Social Justice Warriors. SJWs getting games like GTA V banned from Target and Kmart in Australia, and having games like Hatred briefly pulled from Steam Greenlight, caused gamers to get a lot more diligent about looking over games and ensuring that they aren’t being censored for the sake of political ideologues. Well, the keen eyes of the hardcore gaming community spotted a discrepancy with the upcoming Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization JRPG from Aquria and Bandai Namco involving a racy bathhouse sequence.

Censored Gaming recently did a short video discussing how gamers noticed that a bathhouse scene was changed in Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, going from showing the characters being nude in the bathhouse – with bubbles conveniently censoring the naughty bits – to being in bathing suits. You can see an image of the comparison below.

As the image depicts, and as pointed out by Censored Gaming, the CG artwork in the bathhouse scene appears to have been censored as part of the day one patch for Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization. This was noticed first by the Japanese gaming community who recently received the game on PS Vita and the PlayStation 4 on October 27th, 2016.

The game is rated ‘T’ for Teen for “partial nudity”, and this particular scene is described on the ESRB page with the following…

“One scene depicts a still image of a character grabbing a female character’s breast after a fall; another scene depicts a partially nude character in the bath with her breasts and genitalia covered by bubbles

Simply put, the game has already been certified by the ratings board to include the uncensored bathhouse sequence.

North Americans and Europeans aren’t set to receive the game until November 8th, so we can’t know for sure if the day-one patch for the world wide version of the game will be affected the way it has in the Japanese version.

As pointed out in the video below by Censored Gaming, they reached out to the publishers, Bandai Namco, for a response regarding whether or not the other regions will also be censored when it comes to the bathhouse CG scene the way the Japanese version is censored.

Gamers are absolutely livid about the post-launch censorship, as it does certify that the game will launch uncensored but the post-launch patch ensures that censorship is applied after people have already paid for what they believed to be an uncensored product.

Of course, we don’t know for sure if the world wide release will also receive the censorship via the day-one patch, but given that most patches are designed to be certified for parity, it’s not looking good.

If this does become a new trend of Japan censoring games post-launch, it may mean that publishers could be folding to the pressure from the media regarding sexism in gaming.


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  • Alistair

    If bamco do the unthinkable and continue to force censorship by a patch after they took your money that is the lowest of the low.

    Here that watchdog body that got its teeth into No Man’s sky.

    https://www.asa.org.uk/?gclid=CjwKEAjw-uDABRDPz4-0tp6T6lMSJADNoyPbN_okPrqffsNvqw9KqM-4S4vEJ4Ht8221mcqh7lx5QhoCW1Hw_wcB

    Because you got a very good case.

    And over in NA let your watchdog body know too. ASA fines anyone that break the rules, so that with boycott would damage a company More then SJWs backlash could.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Apparently this bathscene also appears in LN as well uncensored.

    https://twitter.com/CensoredGaming_/status/792725070640779264

  • Alistair

    On a different note. You billy has made the Point, covering of gamers buying a product That was promise to be uncensored according to ESRB the same for PEGI.

    Look what happen to No man’s sky, ASA Wasn’t Happy about misleading Ads, Now another Misleading product Could fall foul of ASA here in UK If some one report it to Them.

    • At the moment there doesn’t seem to be any documentation of direct SJW complaints, but the fact that the censoring happened on the Day 1 patch suggests that there may have been an isolated outbreak of SJW/feminist butthurt regarding the previously uncensored bath scene, which was directed towards the developers/publishers.

      If it happened, then of course it frightened the living daylights out of the developers/publishers so they caved, bent over and edited accordingly.

      But of course this is just my speculation and I could be wrong.

      Men have absolutely fucking lost their balls.

      • Alistair

        The new trend of censoring by stealth via a day one Patch disgust me.

        To Patch or not to patch that is the question?

        The game is bug as hell but a patch could fix that. But at the same time added a unwanted side effect (Censorship).

        But like sneaky Fucks they are, if you buy digital the patch is bedded with the game already.

        We hear of censoring before release of game but via a patch on release day quite scares me.

        It’s a futher step up of them flexing their might.

  • Alistair

    So what does This retared influence of censorship tells Us.

    The excuses was “Well The rating Boards Told us That this wont fly or we get this AO etc etc so we made some edits (Censored) To get a Rating to our liking.”

    That excuses been doing the rounds for Ages. And Now this is frankly disgusting by them. They just Made ESRB look rather stupid Doesn’t it.

    Hope PEGI kick they ass, because I can see The UK ASA getting involved over this.

    So basically this Looks like SJWs over ride ESRB decision and still decided self censored themselves. And not the other way round. Pathetic.

  • Sevuz

    Not surprised by this. The censorship hammer has been hitting the gaming industry pretty hard the last 5 years. Violence goes around just fine, while showing skin, telling dirty jokes and sexual content is hunted down like crazy (which ain’t that new). The world is a weird place.

    • Yeap. 10 years ago the games were really pushing boundaries. Stuff between 2004 and 2007 were taking a lot of risks. I would even say up until around 2012 we saw game devs willing to be edgy.

      But after the St. Anita fiasco everything has been tamed down. It’s funny because Driver Parallel Lines nonchalantly had strippers, pimps and plenty of politically incorrect innuendo. It didn’t take itself too seriously and was just there to be fun.

      A lot of games now only have “adult” content as part of trying to tell “gritty” or politically charged stories. GTA still doesn’t GAF, which is good, but everything else feels like it’s walking on egg shells.

      Heck, have you played the new Gears of War? It’s a HUUUUUUGE far cry from the grimy, gory, foul-mouted horror-themed roots that made the series popular.

      • Sevuz

        Yeah GTA and DOOM is the only games in the last 5 years that have pushed the buttons really. Everything else is PG13 and down. Hell I was surprised to see DOOM, DEAD POOL (the movie) and Ash vs Evil Dead (TV show) come out at all without being censored to PG13 level (not for the lack of trying of course).

        Yeah I have seen the new Gears. Gone is the Gothic dark theme and in is the Saturday morning story and PG13 style gameplay.

  • Mike Campbell

    And one more thing why do some people suddenly not going buy this game over something trivial like this, it’s like not buying ff6 because it got censored

    • Alistair

      The resisdent SJW Should be happy the game is properly be censored i take a guess and say It is.

      The game is “Grown Up” Games need to “Grown Up”, the game grown up alright being censored.

      And on cue, it true “you still Can’t please SJWs”

      Funny that.

    • Cats736

      First, what is ‘trivial’ or not depends on the person.

      Secondly, I am not going to spend my money on a something if I know it’s been censored beforehand.

    • A lot of it stems from the fact that it was already rated and certified and they snuck in censorship post-release as a day-one patch. There was absolutely no reason for censorship.

      • Alistair

        A censored patch a world first and i hope last.

      • Mike Campbell

        Oh ok then

  • Mike Campbell

    And why do you keep bringing up the GTA 5 thing it’s not ban in Australia you know and isn’t hatred a shitty game that came and went

    • And why do you keep bringing up the GTA 5 thing it’s not ban in Australia you know

      It’s worse: offended people got a game pulled from store shelves because it offended them.

      isn’t hatred a shitty game that came and went

      Yeah, but they also got it pulled briefly (Until Gabe Newell stepped in) because offended SJWs were offended by it.

      Seeing a pattern here?

  • Damn! I was really looking forward to this game. I wish these companies just either let the overly offended idiots complain, or stand up to them. They’re the creators! I don’t get why they have to cater to these morons.

    Guess I’ll have to look into alternatives.

  • Mike Campbell

    The change was stupid but who cares

    • Fear Me I Am Free

      Many people who are against censorship. Especially censorship that was patched in. Censorship that shouldn’t have happened because it fits within the rating of the game.

      • Mike Campbell

        I said that because it’s a sword art online game so it’s not much of a big deal to me

        • Fear Me I Am Free

          But since its a patch, what’s to say that they won’t do it again in another patch?

          • Don’t bother trying to reason with him, he’s a censorship apologist. He does this all the time when people speak up about censorship.

        • Alistair

          Showing your true colours, I be buying you a wooden spoon this Christmas.

    • Nanya

      “First they came for things I don’t care about, so I said nothing. Then they came for things that I didn’t interact with, so I said nothing. Eventually they came for things I cared about, but there was no one left to speak up on my behalf.”

  • ScarredBushido

    i want to know if the japanese fan base are doing anything about it.

    • They most likely are, but if this rabbit hole goes all the way up to the Japanese government behind-the-scenes level, then they cannot do anything about it. And it’s very possible as well, given the South Korea / 8 Goddesses situation.

      However if it’s just an overseas SJW/feminist issue then something can be done I think… and the first thing that has to be done is to somehow purge these fucking parasites out of the Western video games media to the point where mainstream games media no longer talk about gender politics. This is of course, easier said than done.

      Moving onto alternative gaming media is a great thing of course, but unfortunately Japan will always use the mainstream games media as their ‘indicator’ of the current “Western gaming viewpoint”. Therefore, all they’re going to see and hear are SJWs whining about “sexism”, “misogyny”, “woman-hating”, “objectification of women”, etc., and how “Japanese developers are problematic”.

      That’s why I think that informing the Japanese developers/publishers to not listen to SJWs will not work.

  • darkgamer001

    Buy it second hand, if you really want to play it.
    I get that some ppl get really hyped over playing a game that then turns out to get censored.
    I’m not telling you to never play that game. But not getting it on launch, waiting around two weeks or so, isn’t going to kill you…and you’d be making a difference.

  • This kind of thing does not surprise me any more.

    In the past I used to get slightly irked, but now I just carry on sipping my hot chocolate and say “meh, this is the feminist world that the men created themselves”.

    I’ll continue to fight and speak up against censorship of course.

    • Fear Me I Am Free

      I don’t think it was directly anything SJWs said, but if its anything, it’s the atmosphere of fear they have created for stuff like this. The ratings show “partial nudity” and that’s what the scene is. It doesn’t make sense they would censor something like that after the fact unless it was out of some sort of fear.

      • “but if its anything, it’s the atmosphere of fear they have created for stuff like this.”

        Exactly. Which comes from the result of the feminist world that men created.

    • EroBotan

      I won’t be surprised if it’s western publisher censoring games but this time it’s the japan publisher who did it! So I’m surprised big!!

  • >North Americans and Europeans aren’t set to receive the game until
    November 8th, so we can’t know for sure if the day-one patch for the
    world wide version of the game will be affected the way it has in the
    Japanese version.

    There’s a pretty high chance that the U.S. and Europe will have a patched version…

    • Fear Me I Am Free

      Sadly. Though it doesn’t’ make much sense considering it’s partial nudity and the rating had partial nudity. I bet many people who pre-order are really hesitant now. I already had a friend cancel their pre-order and if it is censored will be buying it cheaper like myself.

      • Alistair

        Yes that makes no sense and its rather worrying, every uncensored ecchi games on the market doesn’t allow a visible nipples.

        So the question is what has change. Has the rating Boards lose it power when SJW override the Boards.

        If IFI, xseed and PQube goes the same way. The Industry will collapse.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Makes no fucking sense. The ratings have “partial nudity” and that’s partial nudity. Why would they censor it after the fact? I really hope that we don’t get hit with it. If we do, I’m buying it when its cheap. I don’t care what is censored, I’m tired there’s censorship. I’m tired of these shitty practices.

    Did you contact the publisher, Billy?

    • It’s Sunday, so we’ll have to wait for a response on Monday.

    • Sevuz

      Well if you remember all the BS the political correct jerks has tried over the last 5 years.

      They think need bow down for people who ain’t their customers to sell more… yeah it makes no freaking sense I know.

  • Shit… Now this is something to be worried, first was Star Ocean 5, now this?

    OK less money to them, this is something that I’ll come back and bite the developers/publishers in a hard way, and believe me it will hurt.

    Quite Sad how the world is turning.

    • Fear Me I Am Free

      I’m getting really scared for Persona 5 and FF15.

      • Don’t worry about FF15, male character fan-service for females is never censored

  • Nanya

    Okay, game publishers, listen up, let me spell this out VERY clearly for you.

    If you censor our games at ANY time…

    We will stop supporting you.

    What’s more important to you? A little bit of bad press from whiny moral puritans or going out of business because your audience no longer supports you?

    • I know this feel. For years I stopped buying games ’cause of censorship bullshit.

      Then I tried to get back into gaming over the last year or so…

      …and now it looks like I might have to stop buying stuff again.

    • I know money is everything to businesses, but do not underestimate how vital PR is to these companies

      • Nanya

        You can have the best PR in the world, but if, at the end of the day, no one buys your products, what good is it?

        Rockstar doesn’t have good PR thanks to GTA, yet look at how well their stuff sells.

        • I guess it’s all down to how the companies react to adversity themselves. There is a still a huge stigma attached to the words “sexist” and “misogynist”, despite them being overused to death by the SJWs. It doesn’t mean much anymore when used to insult an anonymous individual person, but it means virtually everything to a known company that wants to make money.

          Also, you have to remember that to these SJWs, a female character showing a bit of skin and cleavage is a hundred-billion times worse than characters getting shot in the head, murdered, decapitated, bones broken, limbs ripped off, tortured, set on fire, etc.

        • Niche’s Commenting Regulars

          Japan has thrived on the principle that Big Companies are to be kept happy, and Bamco figured that if they piss off too many people they will lose review coverage which means fewer bonuses since Japanese game publishers offer bonuses if you can have a lot of people covering your game under the guise of publicity. Getting ignored by Gamespot and IGN says that you are an insignificant company that deserves to be ignored.

          My opinion on this is this is expected of Japan’s pro big company approach that gives us incidents like the DMCA campaign Nintendo took.

          Notice how heavily Rockstar endorses fan content and how Japanese companies like Nintendo and Bamco does the opposite. And no Doujins don’t count, the moment you start putting up game footage is when they put you on their shitlist.

  • Nanya

    God… Fucking… Dammit.