A few weeks ago, the “little girl simulator” known as Yohjo Simulator seemed to disappear from the Steam Store. Little explanation was given, but complaints listed in the reviews seemed to indicate the game may have been removed due to alleged content violations. Yohjo Simulator’s publishers, Sekai Project, finally released a statement Monday on the removal of the game. In the statement, Sekai Project confirmed that the game was removed for the objectionable content, with one scene in particular they deemed “in poor taste”. Sekai Project implies they were behind the removal, apologizing to Steam users and customers for the games release. The publisher claims they had not “discovered” the content when they reviewed the game.
However, they say they will work with the development team, DEADFACTORY, to remove the scene in question along with any scenes and content resembling it. They promise the game will be re-released and the mechanics will be unaffected, and they hope to insert more content and improve the quality of the game for its new release. Sekai Project says they also received many complaints about a lack of content in the game.
While Sekai Project did not specify the exact scene in their statement, it is assumed to be an Easter Egg depicting the body of a child (resembling the player character) with a male character and pair of underwear. Screenshots demonstrate that users could manipulate this scene, much like the rest of the game. Sekai Project also did not specify what other similar scenes may be removed, nor did they give a timetable for the re-release. DEADFACTORY hasn’t released an English statement, though some Tweets related to Yohjo Simulator were made in Japanese.
Some community members on the Yohjo Simulator Steam page has drawn comparisons between the pulling of Yohjo Simulator and the decision by Koei Techmo to not import Dead or Alive Xtreme 3. Sekai Project’s decision, similarly, will only affect the Western Steam release of Yohjo Simulator.