Back in March we reported that the UK made the decision to ban the release of a game for the first time in a decade. The game in question, Omega Labyrinth Z, had already been banned in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Ireland for its depiction of high school-aged girls in sexually explicit scenarios. As it turns out, it's unlikely that the West will get the game at all now.
Since the ruling by the UK's Video Standards Council, Sony has stepped in with an even stronger ban. After thinking things over, Sony has decided not to allow the game to be published on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation Vita anywhere in North America or Europe. Here's an excerpt from the UK's Video Standards Council explaining exactly why the game has become so controversial.
"There are numerous mini-games which feature sexually explicit and ultimately problematic content. Examples include:
"The player touches certain points on a female character's body to arouse them. A successful action will activate a "shame break" where parts of their clothing come off revealing more of their bodies. The female characters respond with varying degrees of sexual innuendo and arousal.
"The player places honey on the girls' bodies. A fantastical dog-like creature then proceeds to lick the honey off their bodies which causes them to become aroused. Like the previous mini-game, when they reach a certain level of arousal parts of their clothing fall off or vanish. As the dog licks at the honey, the girls respond with sexualised language. In both this mini-game and the previous one, if their breasts or thighs are touched a jiggle animation will be shown. Selecting the correct area on their body during a "shame break" will also result in the 'E-spot' being activated and the character will respond with heightened pleasure.
"A crystal can be placed between a character's breasts. The player must then fondle and rub the breasts together in order to identify what is in the crystal. The crystal itself has a clearly phallic quality to it. The player controls the breasts with the analogue sticks or touchpad. There is also a variation of this mini-game where the player can make a fairy-like character rub herself up and down on the crystal with accompanying moans of pleasure.
"The hot-spring mini-game allows the player to fondle the girls' breasts. There is no other interaction in these scenes. Before starting the scene, the player can select which female they wish to interact with and choose their breast size. For taking part in this optional mini-game the characters are cured of all ailments and receive stat boosts."
Publisher PQube issued a statement clarifying that they attempted to work with "with all the relevant age rating bodies in their respective territories," but that the wishes of the platform holder (Sony) must be followed.