Criminal Girls: Invite Only Heads to PC on January 11


NIS America has announced the PC release date for Criminal Girls: Invite Only.

The game was originally released on PS Vita – now it’s getting a Steam release on January 11th of next year.

Here’s a rundown for the game, via its official Steam page:

7 girls have been gathered in the hell spire. These girls, who are called, “Delinquents,” are tainted by their criminal DNA. A special rehabilitation was prepared for these girls: the “Reformation Program.” The goal of this program is to have the girls climb to the highest floor of the spire. If they do, their sins shall be atoned, and they can be revived back into the mortal world.

As the program instructor, it is your mission to guide the 7 girls to the very top of the spire. However, these girls are super unique! Will things really go as smoothly as planned?

We reviewed the PS Vita original and found it had some issues –  you can read that here.

The game’s sequel, Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors, launches for PS Vita in North America today.

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  1. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    October 11, 2016 at 1:30 pm


  2. Shiroken
    October 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    They need money, they won’t get it.

  3. BurgerUnit
    October 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Mugen souls Z bombed on Steam. I suspect this will as well. Eat a dick NISA.

  4. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    October 11, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    That could be great, but it will be fucking censored, so fuck NISA

  5. TsukuyomiMagi99
    October 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Well this is good news. At least mods can get rid of the censorship now making the game playable.

  6. Jigsy
    October 11, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Unless they use Denuvo. Which, knowing how retarded NISA are, probably will.

  7. Bashtarle
    October 11, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Even if I was remotely interested in this, I still wouldn’t touch it with a 10ft pole because censorship. In the event that someone is going to play the “It’s not censorship” card…. fine they butchered it, happy?

  8. Kakaku
    October 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    No. Not spending money on this.

  9. No_Good_Names_Ever
    October 11, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Only a 10ft pole?

  10. Gillman
    October 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    what? you don’t want to pay top, top dollar for half the content, what is there being massively butchered, and game breaking bugs?

  11. No_Good_Names_Ever
    October 11, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    And pay NISA money? The fuck’s wrong with you?

  12. Brandon's Polezniye Duraki
    Brandon's Polezniye Duraki
    October 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    And here comes the outrage.

  13. Derp Minos
    Derp Minos
    October 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    You can always buy keys from grey market resellers worst case.

  14. Mr0303
    October 11, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    If this one is censored it will be a testament to how useless the petition for the second one is.

  15. NuclearCherries
    October 11, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Censored crap comes to PC. At least it can be fixed on there, I guess. But fuck NISA forever.

  16. Neppers
    October 11, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    SPOILER: it’s still censored.

  17. Schrodinger's Clit
    Schrodinger's Clit
    October 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Come on, release it fucking uncensored man.

  18. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    October 11, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Thank god. It wouldn’t be fair if you pcfags got a better experience than us.

  19. Ferny
    October 11, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    If this shit is gonna be the same censored trash that NISA pulled on the Vita, then I’ll pass it, not even have NISA a cent of my money, they can root in oblivion, not even worth pirating even.

  20. Nuku Nuku Natsume Mishima
    Nuku Nuku Natsume Mishima
    October 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    And in the day 12 in torrent. Fuck you Nisa.

  21. sanic
    October 11, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Uh enjoy the game pc friends…

  22. ノリケン
    October 11, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Based on the information shared on the steam community hub this one is almost 100% guaranteed to still be censored.
    Q: Any chance of an uncensored, unrated version (of Criminal Girls 2) being released? Maybe on PC?

    A: Releasing an uncensored version on PC would require having the game reprogrammed and rerated. It is also against our company policy to release “unrated” games, so this possibility is quite unlikely.
    Q:How about Criminal Girls: Invite Only uncensored on PC?

    A: Probably not happening, either. That would require the game being rerated, reprogrammed, and retested, and, unfortunately, it also runs the risk of receiving an AO rating. In addition, almost all of those resources are going into Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors instead. We only have so many Prinnies to go around, dood!

  23. BaronKrause
    October 11, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Dunno, depends on the nature of the censored content. If it’s pictures/textures that’s an easy mod, if it’s removed game modes that’s almost impossible. Removed sounds depends if the game is still calling for them and the file was just removed/replaced with a blank sound file as a shortcut.

  24. TsukuyomiMagi99
    October 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    You could always pirate the game ya know.

  25. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    October 11, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    You’re wrong.

    “CG is already in the books, as it were (we announced that it was coming to Steam a while back and we’ve been constantly working it out), but CG2 has the slightest glimmer of an itty-bitty hope of coming to Steam uncensored, but that would require an exception to company policy and a very long meeting about budgets and scheduling, as has been stated. It’s what I hope to see happen and will continue to advocate for until that last sliver of hope vanishes entirely. But keep in mind that this is entirely my personal opinion (as is everything else I post, but y’know), not NISA’s official position. Do not quote it as such.”

    The specific situation is is that CG1 on Steam was already being censored before a petition was even made. That the damage has essentially already been done, but that CG2 does have a bit of hope to not be censored, which was explained here: http://nisamerica.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=123&t=16915&start=1575#p889978

    “I will say again that I am trying to get as much weight as I can behind an argument for making an unrated, uncensored Criminal Girls 2 on Steam, but without surveys and sales numbers, there’s little to go on. I did some cursory research and discovered for example that there are no thorough surveys/petitions for CG2 coming to Steam uncensored. Without something like that, all we really have to go on in terms of numbers are like…youtube comments. Which, y’know. Come on.”

  26. DizzyGear
    October 11, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Not buying the “reprogrammed, and retested” part. They have access to the original uncensored assets and the game needs to be ported so they have testing to do anyway. …unless they took the lazy route again and have the game run inside some sort of emulator like they did with cladun x2.

  27. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    October 11, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Mods didn’t get rid of the censorship in Mugen Souls, so I wouldn’t expect it.

  28. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    October 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    The quality of a product is more important than fairness of how the product is distributed. If a product itself intentionally damages itself, it is a faulty product that should be fixed.

  29. Ckarasu
    October 11, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    It’s possible, as programming can be finicky like that. Not saying that they’re definitely telling the truth, but I can see that being an issue.

  30. DizzyGear
    October 11, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Without something like that, all we really have to go on in terms of numbers are like…youtube comments. Which, y’know. Come on.”

    And forum threads about censorship on their own forum counting almost 100 pages, and plenty of tweets, and trailers that are being downvoted to hell, and comment sections consistently being full of people expressing their disapproval.

    For fucks sake. Don’t try to put the blame on the players for not begging hard enough for you not to butcher the fucking games you are trying to sell.

  31. Smug
    October 11, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    He was making sure you werent one of those people who still buy a game, for being originally censored or broken, just because a fan fix is available

  32. Ckarasu
    October 11, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Nah. Disgaea and Phantom Brave seemingly had no DRM, so I doubt they’ll put any on this. They could waste money doing that, but I don’t see it.

  33. DizzyGear
    October 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I think its because it was too much reprogramming to restore the entire minigame. Especially if they took it out completely instead of just making it inaccessible while leaving in the gamefiles.

  34. British_Otaku
    October 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Even if a potential uncut PC release may lead to NISA doing more uncut releases even for the Vita? Perhaps even redoing Criminal Girls 1 + 2 together in a bundle someday?

    More censored versions isn’t great.

    Dead Rising 1 and Deus Ex Human Revolution are both cases where future releases were censored simply because the porting studio presumably found it easier to just port the one with the most languages (the most recent build). We’d rather have a lower percentage of messed up versions than everyone suffer.

  35. Narmy
    October 11, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    It is censored. In the Steam screenshots it still says “motivate” instead of “punishment”.

  36. TsukuyomiMagi99
    October 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Why would I? NISA wouldn’t learn anything.

  37. Mr0303
    October 11, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    How was I wrong?

    They had a chance to bring the original uncensored to PC, but it’s against their company policy to release unrated games. I still remember the “promise” they made that if the first game is successful the second one will not be censored and the results are quite obvious.

    This should be a sign to players that the petition for CG2 is futile.

  38. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    October 11, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    The whole point is to give evidence that there’s support and push for them to make exceptions to their policy and that CG2 on PC is not something that’s in the works yet, and as such, the idea of it being censored is, at the present time, not confirmed. Furthermore, CG1 on PC had its damage already done long before the prospect of a petition was even made, therefore this being censored is completely irrelevant to the possibility of the second game not being censored on PC.

    Finally, and this is less a point about you being wrong, and more a personal point: You’re essentially encouraging people to give up on trying to get a game a proper release, which is bad for video games.

  39. DizzyGear
    October 11, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I wonder how if change.org ever really changed anything…
    Cant we refund bomb the game by buying and refunding it on Steam with the reason given “Fuck censorship” or something? Maybe that will get the message across.

  40. Alistair
    October 11, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    NISA had loads of time with uncensored version on steam as they know fans feelings,

    Been over a year since the 1st game was out. And I believe NISA will troll is again I found that quite ironic as trolling is a crime according to CPS new guidelines.

    So we can’t take NISA to court. It only right, Right. Nice one Alison.

  41. Mr0303
    October 11, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    This seems like a much better tactic and will really make a statement.

    This will surely give NISA the numbers they need, but I doubt they’ll change their ways. They’ve been doing this for years.

  42. GamesGoodMeGood
    October 11, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    ^ And here comes the cuck above who has a problem with people speaking out against censorship

  43. GamesGoodMeGood
    October 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    This is NISA we’re talking about

  44. Brandon's Polezniye Duraki
    Brandon's Polezniye Duraki
    October 11, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Gotta please those reviewers. It actually had higher score averages so far with a single negativw review on metacritic.

    Tldr: NISA is pandering to reviewers who talked shit about their game

  45. Mr0303
    October 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    There is plenty of evidence of the pushback against censorship, including their own forums, the Youtube comments and like-dislike ratios. This call for evidence from the NISA damage control team is just a diversion tactic for them to save face after they butchered the second Vita release despite empty promises that it will be uncensored. NISA has been doing this for years (see Mugen Souls) and there is no sign of them stopping, which is why I said that about the CG1 PC release. The petition is there to limit the backlash against them while they release the absolute same version of the game on PC. They won’t waste extra time or resources. They’ve decided that the people complaining about censorship aren’t that many and are not worth the effort.

    I’m encouraging people to find other ways to force an uncensored release. Support games that are not butchered. Boycott those that are. Negotiating with terrorists is never a good tactic.

  46. GamesGoodMeGood
    October 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Do you honestly believe they would do it, even if the demand for an uncensored PC version was reasonable?

    That post completely reeks of a “let’s give them a bit of fake hope to make it seem as if we’re doing something about it” tactic in order to ease criticism

  47. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    October 11, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    It’s NISA. If they decide to released CG2 on Steam, it will be censored too

  48. GamesGoodMeGood
    October 11, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    That’s the thing. If they take the unused censored game material out of the code (whether that be pictures/textures/game modes/etc. then it’s definitely gone, and no amount of hacking / modding can fix it

    Whilst PC mods are indeed good, I’ve never really seen it as THE solution to censorship

  49. Armando Suetonio Amezcua
    Armando Suetonio Amezcua
    October 11, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Just cry now Fag cream

  50. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    October 11, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Why would I cry faggot? There is evidently release parity. There’s no crying to be had, just dancing on the street because of this victory.

  51. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    October 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    How foolishly optimistic.

  52. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    October 11, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Nah. Better that every demographic suffers instead of one. I don’t want to feel that my platform of choice is inferior.

  53. British_Otaku
    October 11, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    My foolish optimism has only cost me a few comments all over the place and signing a petition.

    I lose nothing if NISA step up or continue as usual. No pressure to copy me or a few other folks in the comments but I’ll rather be cautiously optimistic than write off the publisher.

  54. Minuteworld92
    October 11, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    >We only have so many Prinnies to go around, dood!


  55. DDD-kun
    October 11, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Put to perspective, you’re absolutely right. If they can’t turn this travesty into wine, then they just don’t want the money for this franchise.

  56. Vernify
    October 11, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Yeah it’s unfortunate it was cut out completely, but I think CG may still have some hope given that they censored the images and cut-out the voices during punishment;; both of which may have a shot at being restored.

  57. Vernify
    October 11, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Well can’t say I’m to interested in buying a censored release. NISA really needs to get there head in the game and stop with this non-sense. Probably never will, even the company was on it’s deathbed though.

  58. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    October 11, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I believe that there is a chance that an uncensored release could happen, not that one will happen.

  59. Brandon's Polezniye Duraki
    Brandon's Polezniye Duraki
    October 11, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    They got the neofag audience lapping up to dangan ronpa. They dont need to listen to the opinions of users from a site that doesnt even register on Kotaku’s lunch budget.

  60. Brandon's Polezniye Duraki
    Brandon's Polezniye Duraki
    October 11, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    The only way is to drive kotaku and polygon completely out of business and they are backed by people who donate to Hillary Clinton. So in other words they got money backing their censorship campaigns.

  61. DizzyGear
    October 11, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Says the guy who pre-ordered Persona 5 with the shitty forced dub for his remasterstation 4 while PS3 owners will get to enjoy the superior original Japanese voice acting thanks to the wonders of modding and CFW.

  62. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    October 11, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    It’s actually good for drawing companies’ attention; Digimon Cyber Sleuth comes to mind. change.org petitions are part of what made Bamco aware that: “Hey numbnuts, we want to play Digimon in the West”~.

  63. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    October 11, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Hopefully it crashes and burns.

  64. GamesGoodMeGood
    October 11, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I don’t think there was even a chance that it could happen.

    Ideologues will be ideologues, and that’s what NISA are at the root

  65. GamesGoodMeGood
    October 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    ^ Coming from the autist who blocks people and shrieks about people complaining of censorship

  66. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    October 11, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I’m still amazed that you’re willing to sacrifice high graphical fidelity + peak performance just for weebshit audio. I can’t stress how fucking pathetic you are.

  67. Casey
    October 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    As poorly as Disgaea ran on PC, I wouldn’t be shocked if they rewrote it from scratch in assembly code, line by line dictated by a girl scout with the palsey, and then ran that through a dosbox emulator.

  68. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    October 11, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I’m very wary of this release. Let’s wait for some reviews three weeks after before committing to a sale.

  69. Cats736
    October 11, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Graphics aren’t everything.

  70. DizzyGear
    October 11, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    “High graphical fidelity” hahaha holy shit….

    Jokes on you: Japanese PS4 users were bitching how PS4 version still looked like a PS3 game.

  71. Cats736
    October 11, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Difference being Mugen Souls had whole minigames ripped out while Criminal Girls has altered CGs, text and removed audio.

    Don’t know about the audio but fixing the CGs and text should be much easier than adding in minigames.

  72. British_Otaku
    October 11, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I wonder. The initial petition was for Re:Digitize Decode (3DS) following translation work on the PSP original being put aside since an improved version was on the way. It has been 3/4 years since the Japanese release and they still gave us a bad PS3 fighting thing before the PlayStation releases. >_>

    I can’t fault Bandai Namco for how they did the PlayStation games (after the PS3 thing) and they did seem aware of the petition but they have basically spent most of a generation not looking at the main point and it isn’t even like we are asking for Tales of Vesperia PS3 (hardware which isn’t going to sell tons, a lot of work to bring back the voice cast together etc).

  73. randomdude
    October 11, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    NISA shall feel the wrath of a thousand modders!

  74. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    October 11, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    What the fuck ever nigger. There’s a distinct difference between 1080p and 720p. Enjoy your garbage fuzzy visuals.

  75. Darkrulershadowlord007
    October 12, 2016 at 12:40 am

    I’m pretty sure the game will end up modded on steam in no time, Not so sure on the vita.

  76. Migi
    October 12, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Petitions are uselss when it comes to company’s like NIS america considering they alrdy proven they care less about what the fans want and just do what they feels suits them.

  77. Feniks
    October 12, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Sadly my invitation did not make it past the censor.

  78. Nazzaroth
    October 12, 2016 at 1:12 am

    either do it right and have some balls or stop and do your normal gamelocalisation if you dont want to burn yourself with “risky” material. but dont destroy creative works just so you can scam a bunch of people out of their money. thats just disgusting!

  79. No_Good_Names_Ever
    October 12, 2016 at 1:28 am

    That’s what I was getting at. I have no interest in Criminal Girls myself.

  80. Armando Suetonio Amezcua
    Armando Suetonio Amezcua
    October 12, 2016 at 2:43 am

    and and happy to , i dont need a junk station morte to lay the game fucked fag cream.

  81. Smug
    October 12, 2016 at 4:19 am

    And look at the garbage localization you got

    You plebs will never learn

  82. Darkling
    October 12, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Since Nisa is the “Censorship office” this will be the butchered version i take it

  83. catazxy
    October 12, 2016 at 5:56 am

    I find it really hard to care for this… Unless we have a confirmation for an uncensored version, I will not bother looking at this ever again

  84. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    October 12, 2016 at 6:58 am

    It started with the Digitize petition, it splitted into Cyber Sleuth, one of the producers even made a video thanking people for the interest and acknowledging that the petitions helped in making them realize there was a market for it. Dunno, I prefer to think that any kind of action on our part is better than no action and just shit posting on disqus; so I always prefer to express interest through petitions / FB / companies’ forums~.

  85. British_Otaku
    October 12, 2016 at 7:58 am

    It would be a really reassuring if you could share the video where a producer acknowledges the petition.

    My beef is that the 3DS, the best selling portable looks likely to have no localised Digimon games as well as a spotty record for Dragon Ball, One Piece, Gundam (0) and so on. How the hell did Asterisk War get a digital release without Bamco trying a little harder for any of the games I suggested?

    Don’t get me wrong, I do prefer petitions and the like to being quiet, I’m just wondering about how much of a part those petitions or the power of the brands play.

  86. British_Otaku
    October 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Heard it was fixed up but if it is still in a bad state, I’ll stick to the DS version.

  87. Grayares Fakcot
    Grayares Fakcot
    October 12, 2016 at 9:30 am

    enjoy inferior version of video games :^)

  88. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    October 12, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Sure, I’m at work now so I didn’t give it a listen to see if it was the right one but if it’s not, I’ll check out later if it was a different producer interview. The video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cZA_q_32Mw ~.

    As for the 3DS; I wonder if it’s because they think (“think”, that doesn’t mean I’m implying it’s the case) niche games won’t sell on it. If you look at the 3DS’ track record the best selling stuff so far have been Squeenix’s, Capcom’s, Atlus’ and Nintendo’s big titles. Again, I’m not saying it’s like that, I’m only saying maybe that’s their perception~.

  89. British_Otaku
    October 12, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Seems you found the correct producer video, thanks for that.

    You forgot Level 5 in that 3DS track record line up. That aside, I’m pretty convinced that Project X Zone was a fluke along with the sequel at this point. >_> Other publishers have their fill of digital only releases (Attack on Titan, SMT4 in Europe, Ace Attorney) much like how Bandai Namco released One Piece PS3 games in America.

    We should be seeing the Tales SRPG, all of the One Piece games on console/portable and so on. The best excuse I can think of is that Nintendo don’t allow really low minimum shipments which is why Limited Run is so big for PlayStation games but digital still exists.

  90. randomdude
    October 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    What I was saying, just wanted to add some theatrics to it.