Japanese game developer Idea Factory is altering the content of its upcoming PlayStation Vita card game Monster Monpiece for markets outside of Japan such as Europe and the United States. On hearing the news, some in the community said that Idea Factory was being heavy-handed in changing the game for release in North America.
According to Idea Factory, the Japanese and Western versions of the game contain the same total number of cards, but some of the high-level cards were replaced with "less exposed" lower-level versions of the game's Monster Girls due to some "intense sexual imagery."
Monster Monpiece allows players to upgrade their cards by getting the girls (in card form) to "expose themselves via the level-up features called First Crush Rub and Extreme Love." This system requires the player to vigorously rub both sides of the Vita (see image below).
In a lengthy statement Idea Factory has tried to explain in detail why a game of this nature had to be altered in order to get released in America.
"The number of censored cards is about 40 out of the approximately 350 card images available in the game. This means that over 300 cards are left untouched from the original images. That said, each card that has had its image removed will still have the same number of levels for the player to increase, but the higher level card images will be the same as the lower level, even though they have leveled up and have become more powerful." However, the statement says that this will not affect the length of the game, or any of the game's systems and features.
Untimely Idea Factory said that cultural differences are what made it decide to tone down the U.S. and European releases of the game.
"Western society is not as lenient as that of Japan when sexual images are involved – especially images of humanoids that appear to be younger than a socially acceptable age. The borderline of what is 'acceptable' will always be extremely gray and vary from person to person, but as a responsible company working in the U.S., we had to make the difficult decision that we did. We sincerely apologize for those who do not agree with any level of censorship, but we greatly appreciate your understanding with the decision we have made."
Monster Monpiece will be released on PS Vita in the US and the EU sometime this spring.