XSEED Games has announced a delay for Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal and confirmed that the “Intimacy Mode” will be removed on request by Sony, but it will remain intact for the PC version.
“The release of Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal will be slightly delayed as we remaster to remove the interactive ‘Intimacy Mode’ from the PlayStation 4 version. The Steam version will release with that mode intact and will launch simultaneously with PlayStation 4. We are looking forward to sharing the release date shortly and appreciate your patience.”
XSEED Games shared this in an official Tweet and later added that “We respect the wishes of the platform holder.”
We respect the wishes of the platform holder.
— XSEED Games (@XSEEDGames) October 13, 2018
This follows the ban on Omega LabyrinthZ which was from publisher PQube. It was originally set to launch on the PS Vita and PS4, but later, the publisher was forced to cancel the localization of the game altogether after a request from Sony.
Localization producer of XSEED Games, Tom Lipschultz confirmed that this is all part of a brand new policy at Sony.
Because this is a brand new policy.
— Tom Lipschultz (@wyrdwad_tom) October 13, 2018
It is strange to see Sony suddenly being so restricted now when Nintendo, who are known for similar role in the past, are being more lenient and offer games to release on their platform without any form of censorship. The most recent example is Senran Kagura Reflexions, which just launched for the Nintendo Switch.