Fans were incredibly happy to hear when the news broke out that Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni would not only be releasing in the west, but would so completely uncensored.
This has garnered much praise for PQube, who have taken the responsibility of bringing over the title for western fans to enjoy.
In a recent statement to Dualshockers, PQube’s PR Executive Nathaniel Fury explained why they decided to localize the game uncensored, as well as the hurdles they needed to pass in order to do so. His statement:
I can confirm that Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni will be brought to the west in its original form, with content completely intact. It will be with a Japanese dub and English subtitles.
We generally don’t take on these kinds of projects if we’re not confident we can release it in the west without cutting or changing content. Changing the source material kind of defeats the purpose of doing it in the first place, so that is not something we even consider unless we literally have no other options. In terms of platform holders and ratings boards, you’d be surprised what you can get away with. Gal*Gun: Double Peace passed quite painlessly for example.
Where issues might arise in terms of publishing, is selling the title in to retailers who might be hesitant to take it. A game doesn’t just appear at retailers when we release it; a big part of the process is to go around and sell the title to each individual retailer and negotiate numbers and prices. Trying to present a game like Valkyrie Drive to a group of executives at a major retailer, who might be in their 50’s and don’t play or particularly care about games, and convince them that Valkyrie Drive is amazing and would do really well on their shelves or their website, can be quite the challenge for the sales team.
The most interesting bit to take from this was regarding ratings boards, seeing as this reason has been brought up in the past regarding why certain games have been altered to maintain a certain rating.
Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni will release in the west for the PS Vita – its release date is currently not confirmed.