Sony has censored Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet on PS4 as seen on the game’s official website, meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch version is untouched.
It appears that the new censorship policy at Sony is affecting is affecting more than just small Japanese developers since the latest culprit is Koei Tecmo. Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 was first released for the PS4 and PS Vita and now there is a new version announced for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet will feature more than 10 new characters and it is also the first time the series is making its entry on the Nintendo Switch. Each platform will offer its own exclusive. Nintendo Switch users can enjoy a Soft 4D mode that makes use of the HD Rumble with Soft Engine, while PS4 will get an exclusive PlayStation VR Paradise mode.
The official website has listed the features for the game classified by each platform (via) and there is a strange omission on the PS4 version. There is no Golden Fan or Softening Gel in this version of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 for the PS4, even though it was available in an earlier version when there was no strict censorship policy at Sony.
Both of these items had some rather ‘curious’ uses but if Sony allowed them in the past, there should no excuse in allowing them now. It is still a mystery why this sudden change was made at Sony, but it seems to be affecting more of the games coming from Japan. Koei Tecmo, who is the publisher of Dead or Alive series, is no small-scale developer and if even they have to comply with the new Sony policies, it shows that they are getting strict with time.