Without Worrisome Bath Minigame
NIS America has announced that Mugen Souls Z is making its way to Europe in 2014, bringing the cult JRPG's free-roaming battle map, unique turn-based combat, and massive amounts of customization to a brand new audience.
However, some "sensitive content" has been removed.
Our favorite Undisputed God of the Universe, Chou-Chou, returns with her crew for a brand-new story revolving around the zodiac. Taking place immediately after the first game, you take control of the goddess Sylma, who meets Chou-Chou before the end of the first game’s events. Sylma is out to stop an ancient threat to her world that has recently awakened. 9999 levels of maniacal mishaps and ethereal adventures await Sylma, her crew, and hordes of Shampurus as Mugen Souls Z hits Western shores in 2014!
Notable for having a level cap of 9999 and an inordinate amount of content, Mugen Souls Z is set to be an absolute blast.
We're always love to see Japanese games localised and making the jump, but NIS America and Reef Entertainment's press release did contain an interesting addendum. "Due to the sensitive nature of some content," it reads, "NIS America has decided to edit certain aspects of this title for its North American and European releases." This, it transpires, refers to a controversial scene in which players bathe the oh so young-looking female protagonists to increase some of their base stats. It's almost certainly on YouTube.
Fan backlash has already started, but just to pre-empt any here, NIS America made the right decision to cut this content and you know it. The scene makes no sense in context, has no canonical place within the game whatsoever and was never justified in any meaningful way by the storyline, instead existing as the most blatant and pathetic form of exploitation. It shouldn't have been there in the first place. Any cries of 'censorship' are meaningless when the scene has no artistic merit or statement to make.
Also, you know, girls of indeterminate age in the bath. Pick your battles. Violence in context generally is okay, before someone brings up that fundamentally flawed chestnut.