A little over a week ago, NIS America announced the localisation of three Japanese games, including a censored version of Criminal Girls: Invite Only for PS Vita. As noted in our original news post, the Japanese version of Criminal Girls featured some rather racy game functions, specifically the 'Punish System' that is used to level up the girls. During this punish system in the original Japanese trailer for the game, some raunchy photos of the girls were to be interacted with via the PS Vita's touchscreen in order to level up the girls. With the censorship for the English version announced, Siliconera reached out to NIS America to gain clarification on what we could expect to see censored in the game. NIS America's statement to Siliconera opened by stating:
"A key part of our localization philosophy is keeping games as true to the original as possible when we bring them to the West. Unfortunately due to rating issues and regional regulations, we sometimes have to work with our developers to make minor changes to game content."NIS America went on to stress that the changes to the game were not to appeal to a wider audience, rather to ensure that Criminal Girls: Invite Only would be allowed to be released at all in the West. They also stated on the censorship:
"For Criminal Girls, the changes the developer is making do not change any of the core game play mechanics. They are modifying the amount of fog that remains in some scenes as well as removing the Japanese audio from those same scenes."
"We apologize for this situation and we hope that you will stand by us as we continue to bring as many creative, fun, and exciting products as we possibly can. Thank you for your support."Going off these quotes, since the Punish System is a core game mechanic, we can expect to see it in the game in some form.
Criminal Girls: Invite Only is scheduled for released in North America and Europe in 2015. Thank you to Siliconera for their original article.
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