Nekopara Vol. 1 has launched early in Japan for PS4. It’s supposed to be due out on November 2nd, but some gamers have acquired the game early and have been posting up images and feedback on what’s new and what has changed in the game compared to the Nintendo Switch version that launched in Japan back in July of 2018. The comparisons revealed that Sony’s new policy for ecchi extermination is still in play.
Gematsu noted that some users shared screenshots comparing the options menu for both the Nintendo Switch and PS4 versions of the game, and the boob jiggle slider has been completely removed from the PS4 version of the game, as outlined in the comparison shots from Twitter user dolly.
— dolly (@dolly_silent) November 1, 2018
There were also other screenshots shared also showing the same thing – that the PS4 version no longer has a boob jiggle slider in the Japanese release of the game.
And yes, the Switch version does retain the bountiful bounciness of the cat girls’ best assets.
Videos on YouTube like the one from Nintendo Hall confirm that Nintendo has allowed the bounciness to stay.
There’s a comparison video offered by dolly_silent, showing the Japanese version’s options menu on the PS4, and the boob jiggling slider is completely absent.
But a boob jiggling slider isn’t the only censorship that the PS4 version incurred.
Gematsu notes that while the touching mode has stayed intact and some of the panty shots are still in the game, some of the other ecchi scenes have also been censored more on the PS4 than on the Switch, with both versions containing steam over the naughty bits of the girls, but the PS4 version has a lot more steam to cover up the cleavage, midriffs and lower extremities of the girls. There’s a comparison between the two versions in a NSFW comparison below.
Keep in mind that according to store page, Nekopara Vol. 1 is rated CERO C, which means that it’s safe for any 15 years of age or older to play. The console versions do not contain actual nudity and thus avoided the CERO D rating, but even still the game was censored on the PS4.
Even though the developers managed to avoid the bright light rays that some developers added to their games such as the upcoming Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san and Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart, this is still all part of Sony’s new censorship policy for global releases on the PS4, affecting games that launch in the West and games that only launch in Japan.
The policy is aimed at prohibiting any gratuitous display of feminine sensuality or sexuality that appeals to straight males, especially since games like Super Seducer – which has no nudity whatsoever – was banned from being released on the PS4 by Sony. Games like Omega Labyrinth Z were also banned from being released on the PS4, but the gay dating simulator Dream Daddy is reportedly being released on the PS4 without any censorship.
Nekopara Vol. 1 is available on Steam in all its uncensored glory thanks to a patch; it’s also available on the Nintendo Switch with some minor censorship; and it’s available on the PS4 with a lot more censorship.
If you’re not fond of this kind of abrasive censorship policy that Sony has put into place, you can sign the petition over on Change.org to help get them to reverse course.
(Thanks for the news tip zac za)