Sega announced on March 20th, 2019 via a blog post over on the official Sega of Japan website that A Certain Magical Virtual-On, or Virtual-On x Toaru Majutsu no Index, has been pulled pulled from the PS4 and PS Vita store shelves in Japan, and no longer made available for digital download after March 21st, 2019.
Twinfinite reported that there are no reasons given for the suspension, and Sega has not made any further announcements about the “various circumstances” that led to the game being pulled from sale in Japan.
A few Japanese users on Twitter speculated that maybe it had something to do with Sega pulling Judge Eyes in Japan after the actor Pierre Taki was busted on a cocaine charge. However, so far there have been no announcements about actors being attached to the A Certain Virtual-On.
As you can see, it’s a standard Virtual-On title, just like the previous games in the series, including third-person melee and projectile-based combat using 3D mechs in various battle arenas.
In between missions the game sports some traditional visual novel-style dialogue sequences between characters.
The game looks innocent enough, but then again given the widespread censorship that has been running rampant within the industry it’s hard to tell exactly why Sega pulled the game.
Could it be Sony’s PS4 censorship policies in play? Could there have been complaints from CERO after the game’s release in 2018? is it possible that Kadokawa or Katoki Hajime had an issue with Sega and the Taki controversy and wanted the game pulled until it was resolved? It’s really impossible to tell without any further confirmation from Sega.
(Thanks for the news tip Ebicentre)