Sony Japan wants to "meet global standards" with new sexual theme policy

Japanese publishers have run into some new roadblocks regarding sexual content and Sony Japan's President has finally addressed the change.


Sony's policy regarding sexual themes has shifted recently and the company is finally speaking up on the more restrictive changes.

Niche Gamer reports that SIE Japan Asia President Atsushi Morita was asked about the new sexual theme policy and the approach to balancing freedom of expression and non-kid friendly games. His response is below:

“About the censorship, we tried to meet global standards,” Morita said. “Regarding the balance of the freedom of expression and safety for children, it’s a tough problem to deal with.”

Steam, on the other hand, has shifted to a significantly more open approach to touchy themes in games added to the storefront. For instance, the platform allowed its very first completely uncensored erotic visual novel and the game, Negligee: Love Stories,  features the following:

  • Dialogue of sexual themes
  • Sexual interactions and nudity and through them illustrations featuring nudity
  • Undressing
  • Sexual interactions
  • Themes relating to pressured sexual relationships
  • Themes relating to nymphomania
  • Themes relating to adult sex workers
  • Themes relating to abusive marriages and adultery

In a previous story, we reported that Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal was delayed on PS4 due to a change in policy regarding sexual content. The game features an Intimacy Mode where players can spray down and grope girls and Sony wants the mode removed from the game. Publisher PQube canceled the western release of Omega Labyrinth Z due to the new policy and other future titles by Japanese developers could be impacted in a similar way. Omega Labyrinth Z includes mechanics simulating sexual stimulation of younger looking women, a "shame break" mechanic that removes clothing, and the ability to pour honey on the women and allow a dog to lick it off them. The young appearance of the women was a concern in Senran Kagura Burst: Re:Newal as well.

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    December 4, 2018 9:45 AM

    Charles Singletary Jr posted a new article, Sony Japan wants to "meet global standards" with new sexual theme policy

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      December 4, 2018 9:59 AM

      We often see market frontrunners move towards a more conservative approach towards mature themes allowed on their platforms while those bringing up the rear tend to be more willing to take risks.

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        December 4, 2018 10:42 AM

        If you consider that Last of Us 2 demo from last year with incredibly detailed violence and lesbian sexuality, I think Sony is actually more focused on being the arbiter of what is and isn’t allowed in an M rated game, while leaving non-partnered devs at a disadvantage.

        In other words, you want hot game stuff? Gotta buy Sony 1st party.

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          December 4, 2018 11:24 AM

          Sony: "Lesbians can only kiss one set of lips."

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            December 4, 2018 11:33 AM

            Press X for mouth, circle both sticks to the left at the same time then press L3 + R3 for oooh la la.

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      December 4, 2018 10:19 AM

      Soon Steam will be a banned topic on Tumblr.

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