Idea Factory International announced that several new Japanese games will be released on the PlayStation 4 in 2019, including Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation and Dragon Star Varnir. However, the games will be censored on the PlayStatoin 4 for their release, as part of Sony’s new Ps4 censorship policy that targets games containing sexy scenes, sexual content, or ecchi that’s aimed toward the straight male demographic. Each game will have two CG images censored that Sony deemed unacceptable.
NoisyPixel posted an article pointing out how some localizers for content that heads west have been openly announcing that their games will be censored on the PS4, which is what XSeed Games did when they were upfront about Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal coming to the PS4 without the Intimacy Mode intact, even though the mode is allowed on the Nintendo Switch.
As for the other two games that Idea Factory had to censor, they reveal the news over on the official website, with very open and broad statements acknowledging that CG sequences had to be censored in both games…
“Dragon Star Varnir will be heading West for the PlayStation 4 in Spring 2019! It will be available in both physical and digital formats. Two CG scenes were modified for this game. […]”
“[…] Two CG scenes were modified for the PS4 release, while the Steam version will remain unedited. Please note that the gameplay for both games has not changed from the Japanese version.”
The upside is that Compile Heart’s Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation is also coming to Steam, but the game will not be censored in any capacity for the release on PC in the summer of 2019.
The original versions that came out in Japan on the PS3 in 2015, later for the PS Vita, and in October of 2017 for PS4 were also all uncensored. So only this newer version being released in the West is being censored and only for the PS4.
Date A Live and Dragon Star Varnir join a host of other games that have also been affected by Sony’s new censorship policy.
Furyu Corporation also revealed screenshots containing the bright lights of doom and heavy steam covering up the girls in Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san for the PS4, while the developer of Silverio Trinity revealed that Sony’s new censorship policy is affecting games releasing in Japan, and that the forms have to be filled out in English, even for Japanese-only releases.
Even the Chinese aren’t spared the fate of Sony’s censorship policies despite the fact that China already has extremely strict censorship policies in place. Sony had the localizers for Mary Skelter 2 censor the game’s Purification system, but it ended up causing a massive bug that ruined the gameplay for a lot of people. And that’s not to mention that games like Super Seducer and Omega Labyrinth Z were outright banned by Sony from being released on the PS4
Some gamers and developers have been signing a petition put together by a partner for Marvelous Entertainment, all in hopes of getting Sony to renege on this new censorship policy, but it doesn’t seem to be convincing the head honchos at Sony’s Western branch to turn from their censorious ways.
[Update:] Following the feedback from fans, Idea Factory International sent out a tweet noting that their policies have not changed at all regarding game releases, so these changes are coming from outside of the company. They also noted that they have plans in place to bring their games to the West in their full entirety, which some have taken to mean more Steam and Nintendo Switch releases, since both platforms have been embracing uncensored releases lately.
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your love and support for our upcoming 2019 titles! Please know that our company policies have not changed and we have plans in place to make sure that we can bring all future titles to the West in their full entirety.
— Idea Factory Intl (@IdeaFactoryIntl) November 9, 2018
(Thanks for the news tip Migi)