While Sony Interactive Entertainment hasn’t officially commented on their new policy regarding the policing of sexual content in video games, developers have begun speaking out.
A new interview with Akiba Souken and Senran Kagura series producer Kenichiro Takaki has elaborated on how the policy has been affecting his studio, Honey∞Parade Games, and their parent company – Marvelous.
Takaki noted “Recently, regulations for sexual depiction have become stricter worldwide. Coming from this, we have to develop games in a way so that they won’t be misunderstood.”
He added the new regulations are making the developing of “certain things” harder than ever before, and that this new scrutiny is prolonging game development.
“Because of that, I think it will take some time. We want to make it happen, and we’re thinking about how to do that, and various works overall,” he said.
Takaki’s comments weren’t definitively regarding Sony, but considering their new policy forced Marvelous and XSEED Games to remove a reoccurring feature for Senran Kagura Re:Newal in the west, and only on PlayStation 4, it’s likely the source of his new comments.
As mentioned in our first report, Sony’s new policy is forcing some Japanese developers to censor their games, even for release in Japan. The policy has seemingly been haphazardly applied, as some games are being censored, while others seem to be uncensored at release.
Senran Kagura 7EVEN is in development for PlayStation 4.