The folks at DualShockers have received a statement from UK publisher PQube Games, explaining why the upcoming Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni will be localised in the West completely uncensored. Also worth knowing is that Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni will have the original Japanese voice acting with English subtitles. This news comes after the announcement that PQube’s Gal*Gun: Double Peace will not be censored as well.
The title is a new action game from “tits are life, ass is hometown” Kenichiro Takaki, producer of the Senran Kagura series, which should give you a good idea of the type of fan service brawling to expect.
You can read the statement below:
” I can confirm that Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni will be brought to the west in its original form, with content completely intact. It will be with a Japanese dub and English subtitles.
We generally don’t take on these kinds of projects if we’re not confident we can release it in the west without cutting or changing content. Changing the source material kind of defeats the purpose of doing it in the first place, so that is not something we even consider unless we literally have no other options. In terms of platform holders and ratings boards, you’d be surprised what you can get away with. Gal*Gun: Double Peace passed quite painlessly for example.
Where issues might arise in terms of publishing, is selling the title in to retailers who might be hesitant to take it. A game doesn’t just appear at retailers when we release it; a big part of the process is to go around and sell the title to each individual retailer and negotiate numbers and prices. Trying to present a game like Valkyrie Drive to a group of executives at a major retailer, who might be in their 50’s and don’t play or particularly care about games, and convince them that Valkyrie Drive is amazing and would do really well on their shelves or their website, can be quite the challenge for the sales team.”
PQube Games’ Twitter account also offered an interesting explanation for the title’s uncensored Western release.
— PQube (@PQubeGames) July 8, 2016
Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni will be released on the PlayStation Vita in both North America and Europe sometime later this year.