PS Vita Exclusive Criminal Girls’ Erotic Punishment Will Still Be in the Game With Minimal Censorship

When NIS America announced the PS Vita Exclusive Criminal Girls: Invite Only, they also mentioned that some scenes and character interactions revolving around erotic punishment of the female cast will be censored, causing quite a stir between the fanbase

The company’s forum admin “Houk” had a talk with the localization team, and he explained that the censorship will be minimal:

So after talking with the staff working on the game, this is what we’re looking at in terms of a final release:

– The punishment minigame will remain as is, with a couple small tweaks. The first is that the associated audio will not be present (moans, gasps, short phrases, etc.). The second is that for certain scenes with little to no steam, some steam effects will be added back in to obscure some potentially problematic images. This will be kept to a minimum.

– No other scenes or content will be removed. As a general approach, we are being very conscious of the general tone of the game and making sure that we retain the spirit of the story and characters without taking things too far (this will mostly consist of terminology choices and character interactions here and there).

And that’s all. I realize that for some people, even this will be enough to avoid the game. But I would like to note that we did get in touch with all of the rating boards about this title, providing them with sample scenes, images, and dialogue from the game. Based on their feedback, we decided these changes would be necessary in order to make a release possible in all regions.

Houk also added that sound effects and music should still be kept in the game, and the personality of the characters will be mostly preserved:

If there is BGM, which I’m not sure about, it should still be in there. BGM, voice, and SFX are generally all on different tracks. And while the voices will be gone, the various SFX should still be in.

And no, we’re not doing wholesale personality changes. We are, however, paying attention to specific lines that may push things in a direction we want to avoid and make sure they’re within the bounds of what we’re going for. And trust me, it’s very little compared to the total size of the game.

Finally, he explained that if the publisher felt they could release the game in its original form, they would, but that’s not the case. They understand that they might lose some sales, but they’re still serving the audience that wants to play the game despite the cuts, while not releasing it at all would serve no one.

Personally I find censorship always contemptible, but in this case I have very few doubts on the fact that NIS America had little choice, considering the combination of quite a few very relevant risk factors.

We’ll have to wait and see the exact extent of the cuts when the game will be released next spring.

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  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    I despise censorship, however, as you said, NIS America probably had little choice.

    I’m still happy that you will be able to punish these criminals! 😉

  • Balalaika

    Wasn’t the main draw of this game based on the girls reactions (inlcuding the voice acting) and punishment games since otherwise this would be another generic turn based RPG?

    If the publishers knew this was going have issues being ported over and getting it rated why even bother working on the game when they are going to get shots fired from people like me who are against the censorship of any game and the people who want to censor the world.

    There is a huge underlined issue with the rating boards when it comes to games and movies that can stop a game from being made or sold in stores.

    • dran

      i’m not going to be surprised if people mod the game by getting the japanese version and getting english patched into the game. also check if there is a hong-kong english version which will more than likely be un-censored

    • Stranger On The Road

      hey, PEGI 18 is common and can be sold in stores; it is the Americans’ ESRB and their wrongly named ‘AO’ that is the problem. Their ‘M’ rating should have been for 18+ or they should have had another rating for 18+ (similar to the Japanese CERO rating that has ‘D’ = 17+ and ‘Z’ = 18+). Instead they jumped from ‘M’ to ‘AO’; which in turn caused problems for the game developers who want to do things that are a bit too extreme for ‘M’.

      In this case, the game is downloadable only, so SEN/PSN is the only store. And they won’t sell a game that is marked as ‘AO’ by ESRB 🙁

      ESRB should work on introducing an 18+ rating, this should make things a bit simpler for game developers. If an American gamer wanted to start a ‘’ petition, then adding this new rating to ESRB should be one of them!

      • razón

        Yes, I’ve seen people blame Europe for the censorship. They should get educated. Isn’t America is the only major region where an 18 rating prevents a game from being published on consoles?

        • Stranger On The Road

          If you mean, US + EU + JP; then yes, the US is the only one without an 18+ rating; it goes straight from 17 to AO. In the case of JP, their CERO Z rating means that the game will be kept behind the counter, but it is still available on the console and retailers would stock it.

          By the way, Criminal girls game is getting a physical release in the UK.

          • razón

            Interesting. Physical in UK? And other European countries..? …And America? (I’m northern European) Also isn’t the Australian 18 rating like the Japanese Z in that the game will be published on the console but will be kept behind the counter?

          • Stranger On The Road

            I don’t know about the other countries in the EU; I was surprised to see it available for pre-order on some online stores in the UK (despite not being into such a game, I can’t help but get the physical copy). I honestly thought the original announcement was to only release a downloadable copy of the game. Any way, I believe that some stores would ship free or at a lower rate to anywhere is Europe, so you might want to check out the UK stores. But keep in mind that by default they show the currency in GBP not EUR.

            As for Australia, I’m not really sure how their MA-18 works, but they can finally get their hands on many games that they used to have to import 🙂

  • Natan Cifuentes

    “The first is that the associated audio will not be present (moans,
    gasps, short phrases, etc.)” What is that? they shouldn’t have done that. Japanese voice acting is one of the best in the world. Anticipation is only half the battle.

    • Erik Jacobs

      “What is that? they shouldn’t have done that. Japanese voice acting is one of the best in the world.”
      Voice acting can be good granted, but one must also take into consideration that Japanese gasps/moans and shrieks can be totally horrible. Plenty of examples of that in the world of anime , horror and – if you’re into that – Hentai and JP porn.

  • GameBruh

    Well, I think it’s high time I get off my ass and learn Japanese.

  • Bryan

    If they released this on PSN only without any cuts would that work?

  • LZ

    Cutting out the voices? That’s a no-buy for me. It’s Mugen Souls all over again, and I’m not paying any money for an inferior product.

  • Stranger On The Road

    Just my opinion, this game is meant for people who enjoy ‘punishment’ games or perhaps S&M play. Making the game milder might make those people lose interest as they are interested in extreme or more than milder options (assumption from my parts as I’m not among them).

    While in this case the censoring is enforced on the developer by the rating board (which is optional, but good luck selling the game on SEN/PSN without it); the developer should have kept the targeted audience in mind. This isn’t a JRPG (well, not a normal one) but a punishment game with some game play; I suspect that people who aren’t interested in JRPG might have wanted to give this game a try because of the punishment part.

    Censoring the game isn’t the only option, an alternative exist in releasing an English patch for the Japanese version, and letting those interested to import the game from stores like ‘play-asia’. But this might not be an option to many, especially those who haven’t imported games before……

    Bah! I don’t even care, I’m unaffected as this game wasn’t in my to get list. Heck, I don’t get the love for punishment, but to each their own.

    • Budgiecat

      it’s for pedos

      • Stranger On The Road

        true, and if we continue to use that line of thought then we get:
        – shooters (ex. CoD and Battlefield) are for murders waiting to shoot everybody.
        – beat’em up (ex. Street Fighter, Tekken and Dead or Alive) are for street thugs planning to beat us up.

        oh well, enjoy the censorship >.>

        • Budgiecat

          CoD & Battlefield suck

      • Shatotto

        Keep stupid thoughts to yourself please.

        • Budgiecat



      • razón

        It’s funny when prepubescent girls have curves and big breasts, isn’t it?

  • TheFatDeliquent

    Censorship sucks but at least Akiba`s trip aint censored XD

  • Connor

    you broken, broken people

  • Jean-Marc Therrien

    A bit sad about the censorship but I’ll still have a look at it. At least we get it here.

  • SytheFreak

    so what your telling me is that its ok for a girl to moan and groan in a full on a fighting game but once its in a game with “sexual punishments” its all sorts of bad?