Publisher PQube announced in a statement today that it will no longer be releasing Omega Labyrinth Z for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in North America and Europe.
The statement, published on the official PQube website, states that the publisher "strives to release Japanese content for its fans as close to the source material as possible." But, as the note explains, PQube must "respectfully comply" with the wishes of the platform holder (therefore, Sony in this situation) and has "withdrawn" any future plans for both North American and European releases.
Interestingly enough, however, the Japanese release is still occurring, so it begs the question of why only North America and European versions have been blocked from release by Sony. Perhaps it's the wish to keep controversy as low as possible with the release, but it doesn't appear Sony themselves have released a statement about the situation.
The original Omega Labyrinth received a Japan-only release in 2015, but its sequel was scheduled for an early 2018 debut. It followed a group of girls exploring a dungeon while seeking out the Holy Grail of Beauty, capable of granting any wish. Protagonist Aina Akemiya was looking for it solely to amp up the size of her breasts, and spearheaded the mission to see if she could find the Holy Grail and enlarge them.
The fanservice-heavy game, while in all actuality tamer than many other titles, features tons of lewd content. It's actually awesome, if you've played it, but a good amount of the game revolves around placing objects between characters' breasts and "rubbing" them. It's honestly pretty pedestrian when it goes against titles like Bullet Girls (another hilarious series), but it appears these aren't games that people take kindly to in our culture.
For now, if you want to play Omega Labyrinth Z, look for the import. It's a silly dungeon crawler, so you won't be missing out on a lot, but this announcement is still frustrating, to say the least.
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I had no idea this existed and of course now that I know that I'll never get to play it, I find out that it might actually appeal to me :'(