Inti Creates’ Takuya Aizu and Matt Papa recently had an interview with Gematsu about the upcoming release of Gal*Gun 2 for the Nintendo Switch and PS4, along with some of the features gamers can expect from the love-making shooter game. One of the things they talked about was how the game won’t be censored when released outside of Japan during the localization process for PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo Everything captured the relevant bits from the interview, where Takuya Aizu noted that instead of butchering the game for certain regions, it’s likely those regions just won’t get the game, like New Zealand…
“As Japanese developers, when we make games we do so for the Japanese audience we know the most first. If some country like New Zealand has to ban it, well, sorry. Anyway, the localization is up to PQube.”
The localization manager for Gal*Gun 2, Matt Papa, chimed in after Aizu-san made his statements. He explained that even in localization they won’t be censoring the game when it leaves the shores of Japan, saying…
“We’re not going to change or censor the game. Personally as the localization director, I don’t censor anything and I have no intentions of doing so this time around either. So if New Zealand comes around with the ban-hammer again (like with Gal*Gal Double Peace)), sorry in advance to New Zealand.”
The reason they keep harping on New Zealand is because the first game was banned in New Zealand after the OFLC rejected the game a rating, despite protests from PQube who even suggested that they would take a mature rating for the game, something that was too much for the sanctimonious standards of the OFLC, who denied the game a right to be sold digitally or physically in the region, as reported by NZGamer.com.
Australia’s Classification Board is usually just as bad, with the outfit banning games left and right for usually trivial reasons, despite the country adopting an R18+ rating for mature content. Various ecchi-themed games like Valkyrie Drive; Bhikkhuni have been banned in the region, along with ecchi games that have even censored out almost all of the ecchi content, such as Criminal Girls 2, which was refused a rating after more than 50% of the images had been censored by NIS America.
As noted over on the official Inti Creates website, you can look for Gal*Gun 2 to arrive on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 this winter. Since the PS Vita doesn’t support Unreal Engine 4 and Inti Creates switched to Unreal Engine 4, the game won’t be arriving on the PS Vita, which means that Vita owners are about as fresh out of luck as nubile New Year’s Eve party goers in Cologne, Germany during a Jihadist ritual.