Wow, it seems that there’s still enough time left in the day for one more controversial story, so bear with us while we pop on our politician’s hat and attempt to tackle this topic with a professional level of tact. As rumoured late last week, PlayStation Vita role-playing game Monster Monpiece is coming to Europe and North America this Spring – but not entirely in its original form.

The bizarre rubbing mechanics that "popularised" the Japanese release will remain present, but publisher Idea Factory has opted to remove some of the more saucy content. “This decision was made solely due to the intense sexual nature of [some of the] Monster Girl card images,” a spokesperson told IGN. “We’d like to emphasise that the gameplay, game system, and storyline are still fully intact.”

The adventure itself sees you arranging the abovementioned cards onto grids and pitting them against opposing decks in order to progress. Battles play out with three-dimensional chibi-style characters to add some visual variety, and you’ll be able to challenge people over the PlayStation Network if you get tired of the artificial intelligence.

While it sounds like only a few cards have been cut, we must concede that we find this localisation baffling to begin with. Let’s be honest, this isn’t the most popular genre on the planet, and any interest surrounding the game seems to stem from its curious use of the Vita’s multiple touch surfaces. Granted, there may well be an exceptional experience hiding inside here – but we suspect that the lead up to this title’s launch is going to be dominated by one topic.

[via uk.ign.com]