It seems like Senran Kagura 7even censorship is all but inevitable thanks to changing regulations in the gaming scene as reported by Silconera.
Video game censorship seems to be getting worse lately and we, unfortunately, have another game to throw on the pile. Senran Kagura 7even censorship seems likely according to an interview series Producer Kenichiro Takaki had with Japanese website Akiba Souken [Japanese].
The interview in question addresses the topic of Senran Kagura 7even censorship as a possibility due to "regulations regarding sexual depictions". Sony has recently appeared to be cracking down on ecchi games and the Senran Kagura series definitely falls within that area of content. Mr. Takaki also spoke of troubles with a Senran Kagura anime that had the classic "mysterious beams of light" that just so happened to obscure some of the lewder bits during its television airing. This practice is regrettably common for the original broadcasts of anime, leaving fans to buy the Blu-Rays to see the uncensored version.
Senran Kagura 7even censorship is a sad bit of news for fans of the franchise. A flurry of titles for the series had been announced in August of last year, The newly-announced games were coming to the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in one fashion or another. Senran Kagura: Burst Re:Newal faced similar censorship troubles back in October.
Sony's ecosystem seems less friendly to ecchi titles these days and Senran Kagura 7even is primarily being developed for that platform. As a result, the team behind the game are likely going to have to tone down some of the raunchier aspects of the new game in order to pass muster and get their game on the console. Hopefully, Senran Kagura 7even will be ported to PC and distributed via Steam since that service has taken a hands-off approach to adult content in video games.
Though Senran Kagura 7even censorship seems disappointing, Japanese game developers certainly are innovative. They're also likely paying attention to which storefronts require them to compromise their vision and which do not.
Quick TakeSony's decision to step away from adult-focused gaming is frankly asinine, especially in light of other platforms and distributors loosening their restrictions. The next couple of years are going to be painful for fans of Japanese games as they have to deal with Sony's idiocy. Developers aren't stupid, though - they're going to wisen up and move to platforms that actually care about delivering what the fans want. The sooner, the better.
What do you think of the possibility of Senran Kagura 7even censorship? Does the potential for cut content make you less enthusiastic about buying the game? Let us know in the comments below!