Game Delayed to Remove “Intimacy Mode” Due to Sony Request
On October 12th XSEED Games announced via their Facebook and Twitter accounts that Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal, a remake of the first Senran Kagura games on 3DS for PS4, would be delayed to implement a removal of the game’s “Intimacy Mode” from the PS4 version of the game. XSEED confirmed that this wasn’t an internal decision, but rather a requirement of Sony Computer Entertainment of America in order to publish the game on the console. Wishing to adhere to the console maker’s request, they decided to remove the mode from the PS4 version, while the Steam version will have the mode left intact.
Senran Kagura’s Intimacy Mode has mostly been a series staple, including past games published on Playstation consoles with no censorship necessary. Players can “interact” with the girls in the dressing room styled mode, grabbing certain points of the character models for reactions, as well as building intimacy with them and eventually being able to kiss them. While it’s a silly, incredibly Japanese-oriented part of the game and ultimately a minor side gimmick, it’s incredibly disheartening to see a feature that’s been given a pass by Sony in the past (for example: Peach Beach Splash released in March 2017 with Intimacy Mode intact) now be considered problematic and require removal before being allowed to be published on the PS4. The move is considerably worse when the game was very close to its originally intended release date.
Many fans have already expressed their frustration with Sony, cancelling their PS4 preorders and opting to go for the uncensored Steam version instead. There is also an online petition being circulated asking Sony to allow the game to be published with its features intact. What do you think of this news? Do you think Sony made a mistake removing the feature? Do you think this will affect future Senran Kagura releases, or even niche Japanese titles released on Sony platforms in the future? Let us know in the comments!