In Japan, excessive gore is a big deal. While we're fine with it here in America (outside of a few political pundits), Japan has been cracking down on it when it comes to videogames. As a result, Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture's latest game Lollipop Chainsaw will be censored when it releases in Japan...unless you fork over some extra cash.
Suda51's latest weird offering will be available in two editions. The normal option is rated CERO D, the highest you can get without being rated CERO Z, the equivalent of an M for Mature rating in the US. However, if you buy Lollipop Chainsaw's premium edition, you get the option to toggle between CERO D and CERO Z modes, restoring all the glorious gore that would normally be missing.
CERO Z games are heavily regulated in Japan, with retailers forced to keep them hidden from sight for fear of children seeing them. This means retailers aren't very keen on stocking them at all, due to the low sales from lack of exposure. This way, retailers can still carry the game, but those customers who know about the difference can ask for the uncensored version, provided they have the extra dough.
Of course, no hardcore otaku would be be caught dead buying the regular edition, so hopefully Grasshopper Manufacture can keep up with demand. And since it's been announced that the Japanese game includes an English voice option, there might be a few additional import sales, despite the fact that Warner Bros. will be publishing the uncensored game in the US. Anyone thinking of getting Lollipop Chainsaw early?
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