Omega Labyrinth Z is currently available on the PS4 and PS Vita in Japan. The game was originally released back back in July of 2017. Publisher PQube had intended to release the game in the West for the PlayStation 4, but it was banned in Australia, and then later banned in the U.K. It received a PEGI rating for a European release, but on June 25th, 2018 PQube announced that Sony had blocked PQube from releasing the game on the PS4 in America and Europe.
While the ratings board decisions were received with disgruntlement and apprehension by gamers, the real shock was that the platform holder, Sony, would ban a game from releasing on the PS4 even though it had already been made available a year earlier on the PS4 in Japan.
The petition was originally created by Kenan Dolle, who explained…
“I, and many others, were looking forward to the western release of Omega Labyrinth Z. I, and many others, were shocked at the release being cancelled, not by the PEGI or ESRB, but by Sony America and Europe themselves. Omega Labyrinth Z had already been rated M and 18 by the ESRB and PEGI respectively. Games with these ratings released and advertised on Sony systems without issue. So we as a community ask for Sony to reverse this decision and allow for PQubeGames’s work not to go to waste and allow Omega Labyrinth Z to be sold in the west for Sony’s PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.”
The reason for the ban was never stated. Gamers assumed that it was because Omega Labyrinth Z features a lot of bouncing boobs and sexually suggestive content. YouTuber Route 24 has a video up that gives you a look at what the gameplay is like.
Of course, if Sony really did ban the game because it appeals to males, then this goes against what Sony worldwide president Shuhei Yoshida mentioned recently when he said that Sony caters to everyone. Apparently not the group of gamers who enjoy JRPGs like Omega Labyrinth Z.
Gamers are hoping that they convince Sony to reverse the decision and allow PQube to release the game in the West for the PS4. Others are hoping that PQube will release the game on Steam for PC and bypass Sony’s censorship.
(Thanks for the news tip Migi)
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