Atlus is Censoring Four Images in Dungeon Travelers 2 To Avoid AO Rating
Atlus is editing four in-game images of the western version of Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal, in order to bring the Japanese version’s “overt graphics” to within acceptable ranges and hence avoid an AO rating by the ESRB.
“In order to comply with restrictions set forth by rating boards, Atlus made concessions on just four in-game images,” reads the official statement. “On these images, some minor edits were made (and approved by the developer) to adjust the overt graphics to within acceptable ranges for the game’s M-rating.”
According to the press release, it’s normal for the localization of a game to require the developer to change some of its content in order for it to be “understood en masse.” For this purpose, Atlus has been working closely with AquaPlus to edit the content and still preserve the game’s theme.
“We are very aware of what impact censorship can have on import titles; we are confident that the changes we made to the images in Dungeon Travelers 2 were the least invasive possible to still be eligible for a release in the west.”
Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal is going to release this summer in North America for the PlayStation Vita. It will then arrive in Europe this fall. The game will be priced at $39.99 and will be compatible with PlayStation TV.