Racy card game Monster Monpiece was officially confirmed for a Western release this week, albeit with a few minor adaptations. Unlike its Japanese counterpart, the PlayStation Vita card battler will be dressing a little more appropriately – and it’s a decision that publisher Idea Factory admits that it agonised over.
“Monster Monpiece is a card battle game, in which players summon various Monster Girls onto the game’s battlefields and then fight their opponents,” the organisation wrote as part of a statement to placate frustrated fans. “These cards – meaning the Monster Girls – are able to be powered up by exposing themselves via the level-up features called First Crush Rub and Extreme Love.”
The company continued: “We kept the same number of cards in the game as the original Japanese version, but replaced some of the higher level Monster Girl images with the ‘less exposed’ versions due to some intense sexual imagery. The number of censored cards is about 40 out of the approximately 350 card images available in the game.”
Furthermore, it added that it genuinely did wrestle with the “difficult decision”, but felt that it didn’t have any other option. “Western society is not as lenient as that of Japan when sexual images are involved – especially images of humanoids that appear to be younger than a socially acceptable age,” the statement concluded. “We sincerely apologise for those who do not agree with any level of censorship, but we greatly appreciate your understanding with the decision that we have made.”
The good news is that, aside from the abovementioned cards, the release includes all of the cut-scenes, narrative, and battles from the full game, so this really is just a case of some missing artwork. Is that enough to prevent you from picking up the saucy software, or is this still sitting at the top of your wishlist? Cover up in the comments section below.