The Australian Classification Board has responded to our inquiry regarding the rating of Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni. As they explain it, the reason why the game was Refused Classification is because the game promotes elements that offend standards of morality, and also uses sexuality as an incentive and reward. A major factor in the refusal of classification is due to "implied sexual violence" in the game, especially if they pertain to incentives or rewards.. The response we received cited 1(a) and 1(c) of their Code in their reasoning.
It seems that another of UK-based publishing company PQube Games English publications has been affected by Australia's stringent regulations on video games.
Earlier today, TechRaptor site partner Censored Gaming noticed that Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni had received a "Refused Classification" rating from the Australian Classification Board, one month ahead of its English language release in North America and Europe.
This follows news from earlier last month that another of PQube Games English titles, Gal*Gun: Double Peace, had been pulled from sale at EB Games Australia. In another situation in Australia, The Bug Butcher was given "Refused Classification" status a week prior on July 20, 2016.
PQube Games has previously stated that they will not censor any publications for Western audiences; as PQube Games sought an age rating in Australia for their English language release next month, the refusal to censor content might have been the reason behind today's "Refused Classification" rating.
Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni will be available to play on the PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe on September 16, 2016. Our Australian readers can still purchase the game from online retailers such as Play Asia.
TechRaptor staff have reached out to PQube Games and the Australian Classification Board for comment on this situation; at the time of writing this article, we haven't received replies from either party. TechRaptor staff will update this article when we receive contact from PQube Games or from the Australian Classification Board. PQube Games has also not publicly commented on the status of Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni on their social media accounts.
Stay tuned to TechRaptor for further information on the status of gaming in Australia.
This is starting to get a little ridiculous. I don't think Australia will ever see an uncensored Japanese game at this rate.
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