Bandai Namco is set to produce a new Sword Art Online game following up on the success of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet. The upcoming title is called Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris and if you were hoping for some steamy fan-service or sexy-time, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be present in the JRPG.
VGChartz picked up the news from an interview that game director Satoru Hirayae and producer Yosuke Futami had with Dengeki PlayStation magazine. They revealed that the sexual content will likely be reduced due to “current times”. VGChartz paraphrases the interview, writing…
“Sexual content will likely be reduced. Asked by Dengeki about co-spleeping events – a tradition in the series – the producer said it might be “difficult in the current times” and that players “shouldn’t expect too much about it”.
They also noted that they censored the way the Administrator is depicted in the show. She’s typically depicted unclothed, as showcased in the video clip from Hayasak.
According to the VGChartz article, the Administrator will no longer be naked. VGChartz paraphrased producer Yosuke Futami, who explained she couldn’t appear nude due to securing a lower CERO rating…
“Futami says that he is aware that people will be surprised by this, but the decision was made in order to avoid a CERO D rating in Japan (recommended for 17 year olds and up). He points out that BandaiNamco wouldn’t accept an SAO game rated D, which makes sense since every game in the series so far has been rated CERO C or less.”
This was confirmed by the game’s official trailer, which revealed that the Administrator will appear in a long draping dress as depicted at the beginning of the YouTube clip from Hayasak.
This kind of censorship has become par the course these days, as many organizations and media websites have gone out of their way to encourage and promote the censorship of many anime-style games and Japanese titles. This has culminated in an aggressive policing of creative content by Sony with their PS4 censorship policies. It also doesn’t help that Sword Art Online creator, Reki Kawahara, has acknowledged that after talking with some SJWs at a convention in the West he decided to make his works more “politically correct” going forward.
(Thanks for the news tip FightSJWCensorship)