If you wanted to pick up a copy of the busty, lesbian-themed action game, Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni for the PlayStation Vita over in Australia, you can’t. The game will not be sold in Australia because it has been refused classification from the Australian Classification Ratings Board.
The reason for the refusal of a rating? Well, it’s the same reasoning they used for other games containing sexually suggestive or themed content, such as Meiq: Labyrinth of Death. The refusal reads…
“The computer game is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as computer games that “depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”
This is just another long line of games that cannot be sold in Australia. The Bug Butcher was also denied a classification because one of the power-ups used a syringe, and therefore they refused to rate the game and it cannot be sold in Australia. NIS America also announced recently that they are also not able to sell Criminal Girls 2 in Australia at retail because it has no rating.
It’s completely unsurprising that a game like Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni would be denied classification in Australia. The country is very censorship heavy and the themes of using lesbian titillation to create weapons of destruction was bound to draw the ire of the ratings board.
Ultimately, all of this increased censorship from various nations has probably resulted in big businesses for Play-Asia. Speaking of which you can look for Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni to launch later this year for the PS Vita in North America, but if you live in Australia you’ll need to import the game from a site like Play-Asia.