Atlus tweaking Dungeon Travelers 2 to not get banned


Doing what's needed, I guess

Fans of the To Heart series, or of developer AquaPlus' various visual novel franchises, are no doubt pretty excited by the impending release of Dungeon Travelers 2 on the PS Vita. Like Aquapazza, Dungeon Travelers 2 takes a bucketload of fan-favorite characters from across AquaPlus' lineup of games and tosses them together into their own title. And like Atlus' own Persona Q, the choice of genre this time is that of a dungeon-crawler RPG.

Here's the bad news, though: The game's getting, for lack of a better word, censored. In a press release issued this week, Atlus USA confirmed that four event scenes from Dungeon Travelers 2 would receive edits to their artwork, in order for the game to receive an ESRB "M"-rating. Apparently, the publisher was warned that without the edits, Dungeon Travelers 2 would end up receiving an AO (for "Adults Only"), which amounts to a commercial death sentence in some cases due to most retailers refusing to carry AO-rated games. Given erotically charged nature of some of the artwork in these types of titles, I'd imagine that the art in question would have to be pretty loaded for Atlus to take that kind of action. Atlus itself claims that the decision wasn't made lightly, and that all the edits being made were approved by the original team at AquaPlus. 

Altering import games to suit the laws and culture of the audience is hardly a new thing, of course. Nintendo's Bravely Default saw a few characters' costumes adjusted to show less skin, Fire Emblem Awakening used a curtain to cover Tharja's behind (which ironically made it look more risque and not less), and Idea Factory cut some overly saucy card artwork from Monster Monpiece. It even happens going the other way as well. Deux Ex Human Revolution quietly received edits in its Japanese release, as did Saints Row 3 to remove unsightly veins from that game's dildo bat.

Point is, it's unfortunate, but in some cases it does have to happen, and I'm actually glad that Atlus has opted to be upfront about the need to do so in Dungeon Travelers 2's case.

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