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PS Vita Title Monster Monpiece Will Be Slightly Less Raunchy in the West

Posted by Sammy Barker

Definitely coming overseas, though

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]

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User Comments (9)

BornOfEvil

#1

BornOfEvil said:

No. N-No! I want-- no, I demand that this game be released in all its beautiful raunchiness!

SimonAdebisi

#2

SimonAdebisi said:

What. Disgrace. Its obviously going to be adults only anyway so why the hell would you take out some animated sexy bits. Complete farce.

Epic

#4

Epic said:

I still wonder why publishers decide to make this type of changes, they will still have that M/PG18 logo around.

Cloud7794

#5

Cloud7794 said:

@Epic @BornOfEvil @RyoHazuki I imagine that what they're failing to elaborate on is that it's most likely the more "childlike" cards with sexual content being removed. The West is much more sensitive of such imagery, and I'm assuming that's the main issue being focused on (think of how Mugen Souls was censored).

Zombie_Barioth

#6

Zombie_Barioth said:

@Cloud7794
Thats gotta be it. This really isn't the sort of game where the publisher would go "well, we'd better lower the rating so we can sell a few more copies", which is a good thing in my book.

I can't stand it when games get censored for the sake of selling a few more copies, to people that normally wouldn't be able to buy the original no less. This is an actual GOOD reason to sensor games.

SimonAdebisi

#7

SimonAdebisi said:

@Cloud7794 fair enough, makes sense. I can't see any other sensible reason why they would do this. Its just a novelty, a gimmick. I'll still be buying this hilarious game.

artemisthemp

#8

artemisthemp said:

@Cloud7794 The european version of Agarest Wars 2 was censor and Mugen Souls had it's Bath game removed, so they could sell the game in UK.

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