PQube’s Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni isn’t having a good time of it lately when it comes to getting rated in certain regions. Following on Australia banning the game from appearing on retail shelves or digital distributors, new reports indicate that Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni has been refused classification in Germany and is therefore not allowed to be sold in the region.
— Censored Gaming (@CensoredGaming_) August 18, 2016
The game was also denied classification in Australia not too long ago, following on the heels of games like The Bug Butcher and Meiq also being denied classification. In the case of Criminal Girls 2, NIS decided to avoid sending the game in for classification to the Australian ratings board so you won’t be able to buy the game from retail shelves over there. Criminal Girls 2 was subsequently denied classification in Germany by the USK, so it won’t be sold there as well.
Some people have claimed that an appeal may be underway regarding Criminal Girls 2, but unless the decision is overturned the game is banned from being sold in Germany.
Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni is just the latest in a growing line of fan-service games being banned in various countries recently. Ever since the censorship-advocates fighting for Social Justice reared up against #GamerGate back in 2014, we’ve seen a steady increase in game bans and censorship.
In fact, it’s become so bad that a national broadcaster in Germany decided to ban the showing of e-sports tournaments featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive due to a shooting that took place in Munich. That same shooting also prompted the organizers of GamesCom to ban all imitation cosplay weapons, whether they be swords or guns (even foam and rubber) from being allowed inside the complex.
Sadly, it appears as if the industry is moving backwards as far as creative freedoms are concerned.
On the upside, British, American and Canadian gamers will still be able to enjoy Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni come September 16th, 2016 for the PlayStation Vita.