Senran Kagura 7EVEN was announced for the PlayStation 4 all the way back in 2017, but it sounds like Marvelous has been forced back to the drawing board following a recent wave of policy changes which have seen several risqué titles censored on Sony’s system. While the platform holder is yet to officially comment on the situation, new regulations from the United States appear to be clamping down on the release of titles with sexual content – particularly those involving characters of a questionable age.
Considering this is the Senran Kagura series’ bread-and-butter, it’s a testing time for producer Kenichiro Takaki, who’s indicated in an interview with Inside Games that the company is having to reconsider everything about its upcoming sequel. As translated by Gematsu, he said: “It seems the original idea we had imagined [for Senran Kagura 7EVEN] would be impossible to release. So we’re redoing, or rather reconsidering, everything about the game.”
Takaki was talking specifically about PlayStation’s new guidelines, but he was clear that simply switching platforms may not be a solution, as he feels that the regulations will spread to every platform and genre eventually. “Right now, I’m really worried about what to do,” he explained, adding that PC exclusivity is a possibility, but the niche nature of the franchise could render such a move financially challenging.
It’s obviously all a shame, but it’s hard to feel too much sympathy for a series that’s historically traded on the fanservice of questionably aged girls. May we recommend that Takaki and his team focus on actually making a good game, as opposed to attempting to titillate with cheap cleavage shots and diddling minigames?