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Idea Factory Will No Longer Localize Games Which Need Censoring for Western Regulations

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Idea Factory President Haru Akenaga made a pretty eye opening statement regarding the issue of censorship of sexualized women in the West.

In an interview with Operation Rainfall, they brought up the recent Dead or Alive Extreme 3 debacle, and how that affected them in deciding what they bring to the west.

Haru Akenaga had this to say:

That’s honestly their decision, but yes, sadly, it has stopped us from localizing certain Compile Heart games. We don’t want to censor anymore because we know that’s not true to the original developed art.

Operation Rainfall also asked if we can start seeing more Asia releases like Moero Chronicle in the future. Akenaga seemed more concerned in trying to fix the situation in the West:

That’s actually Compile Heart Asia’s decision, not really ours. We could start seeing that more in Asia, but maybe we should do something to change in the West in the future. Anyway, we just don’t want to censor anymore.

Despite Japan’s attitude towards sexuality being quite lax, it seems as though the West’s attitude is making it more difficult for certain kinds of games to make it here unchanged.

How do you guys feel about this entire debate? Sound off in the comments below!

Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie

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