Sony’s New PS4 Policy Prohibits Future Senran Kagura Games From Including Intimacy Mode

Senran Kagura Censored

Sony’s Western divisions have recently instituted a new policy regarding sexual content in their games. If it includes titillation aimed at straight males, it’s likely going to be scaled back, censored, or outright removed. This may sound like some kind of joke, but it’s real.

XSeed Games and Marvelous Entertainment confirmed that the Intimacy Mode had to be removed from the North American and European versions of Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal. It was mentioned in a blog post published on October 15th, 2018, where it states…

“Intimacy Mode allowed users to ‘interact’ with the character on-screen by using a set of virtual hands in order to ignite a response from the character. This feature will not be present in the European and North American PlayStation 4 versions of SENRAN KAGURA Burst Re:Newal; but it will remain in the Windows PC (via Steam) version of the game.”

Gamers began asking XSeed games about why they had to remove the “Intimacy Mode” from the upcoming PS4 release of Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal. According to one of the localizers, Tom Lipschultz, it’s due to a new policy instituted by Sony for games that release in the West.

As reported by Operation Rainfall, this was in response to an announcement by XSeed Games that the Western release of Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal for the PS4 would not feature the Intimacy Mode, where players could fondle, touch, rub, and caress the bodies of the girls in the game.

The mode has been a staple feature in the Senran Kagura series over the years, and had been allowed in all the previous titles that appeared on the PlayStation platforms both in the East and West.

You can see what the Intimacy Mode is like with the video demonstration below from the Japanese version of the game, courtesy of Insanity Long Play.

Gamers also began peppering Sony with polite questions about the removal of the Intimacy Mode from the Western version of the game, and why Sony would enforce this kind of policy on an ‘M’-rated title, especially when games like Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto have had graphic sex scenes depicted in the past. According to a rep running the Ask PlayStation UK account on Twitter, it was stated that if a game contains content that doesn’t meet Sony’s new standards, it may have to be removed or the game blocked from being released on the platform, which is what happened with Omega Labyrinth Z, where Sony blocked PQube from releasing the game on the PS4 in the West.

The gamer followed-up with asking why Sony has begun cracking down on the Intimacy Mode now even though previous games have featured the mode. According to the Sony rep, the Intimacy Mode no longer meets Sony’s new, more strict standards regarding sexy females in games that appeal to male gamers.

Obviously there’s a lot of hypocrisy at play here given that Sony had no qualms about showing two women locked in a lengthy lesbian kiss at this year’s E3 during the main event of their press conference. However, engaging in a mini-game with boob jiggling has now become prohibited within the halls of Sony.

XSeed Games and the localizers have been encouraging gamers to support the PC version of Senran Kagura Burst Re: Newal, since it will release uncensored in the West. The Japanese versions of the games on the PS4 are still uncensored, but it looks like there will be changes from here-on for the Western releases of Senran Kagura games on PlayStation platforms.

Ironically enough, the Senran Kagura games have  also been releasing uncensored on the Nintendo Switch both in the East and the West, so this is one of the rare scenarios where Nintendo does what Sony doesn’t.

Sony’s new SJW agenda is definitely making itself loud and clear, and the only way to see change is if they take a hit to the pocket book.

(Thanks for the news tip Richard)

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