Publisher Valcon Games was planning on bringing the PlayStation 2 title Shining Dragon, based on the Ikki Tousen anime series, to North America. Unfortunately, a western release might no longer happen as the ESRB has given it an “M” rating due to the game featuring quasi-nudity thus blowing the distribution the publishers desired.
The ESRB justified their decision with the following statement:
“All the female characters are dressed in short skirts or skirts with a high slit. The game features frequent depictions of panties, cleavage, and exaggerated breast jiggle. A special attack move allows some characters to rip opponents’ clothes to shreds – exposing even more of the female anatomy (legs, breasts, partial buttocks).”
Rather than toning down the content to achieve a friendlier rating, Valcon Games instead decided to cancel its western release.
“We could remove all the stuff that makes it an M-rated game, but then we don’t think the customers would be very happy buying an Ikki Tousen game without all the shredded clothing,” said Colin Gordon, Co-founder of Valcon Games.
Well they certainly know their audiences, and it compels me to ask: Would you buy an Ikki Tousen game, or any game for that matter, that has been toned down, removing content the series is known for?