Atlus has recently revealed that some changes had to be made to Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & Monster Seal during the localization process to Western markets. Some of the images from the original Japanese version of the game were deemed a bit inappropriate by the ESRB and so alterations were made to a few of the images in order to avoid and “AO” or Adults Only rating.

Atlus says that they’re working closely with the ESRB to make sure that the game is in compliance with the less restrictive “M” rating, for Mature. In a response given to Niche Gamer, Atlus insists that none of the four images that were altered did not contain full nudity. They identified the controversial images and adjusted the appropriately. Atlus stated that an AO rating would have prevented the game from being released in US period.

The original press release from Atlus is posted below:

Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal presented some challenges during the localization process — specifically, adapting some of the fan service content to western sensibilities. Localization by nature requires some changes to be made for content to be understood en masse, which is why Atlus worked closely with developer Aquaplus to preserve the game’s themes and content to its fullest.

In order to comply with restrictions set forth by rating boards, Atlus made concessions on just four in-game images. 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.

Atlus is committed to being one of the leading publishers of niche JRPGs, and 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.

Thematically, the game remains as true as possible to the original Japanese version, including the preservation of the original Japanese audio.

  • Rodolfo Ferreira

    Censoring a game is never a good thing, but you can’t help with this situation, especially when it comes to the PS Vita, which has become ‘the small kids’ handheld’ – or so I was told, and software houses like Activision, Warner Bros games, Traveler’s Tales, Disney, etc help spread the message. I just think it’s sad that ESRB finds it right to threaten an A-O seal, pushing Atlus into censoring the “heavy” scenes, while a kid can perfectly power on the TV, switch to Discovery channel and watch to explicit scenes featuring wild animals having sex nowadays.

    Not to mention that the Vita has parental controls-enabled software. For fuck’s sake, what does it take to use this tool in order to avoid executing this software on a kid’s PS Vita? I guess it’s easier or simpler to just hurt Atlus financially by restricting/minimizing the number of people who can buy their software instead of doing it right.

    • Matthew Brannock

      dont believe their lies

      there is nothing in this game that is worse than stuff in senran kagura bon appetit

      • konstantinos

        What would Atlus gain by lying, though?

        • Matthew Brannock

          they are reflecting blame off of themselves, of course

          nisa did the same thing

          • konstantinos

            Thanks for your reply, Matthew! In terms of what are they reflecting blame, and why there would be to blame, though?

    • Nonscpo

      But but that takes parenting, and thats too much work, so much easier to blame Video Games. Cause we all know that people can’t tell the difference between fiction and reality.

    • Zero Eternity

      I’m pretty sure the Nintendo 3ds is targeted more for kids than PS Vita. They might have just gotten the two confused.

  • Chizu

    The fact that AO is basically a deathnell for games is so dumb. Sony and Microsoft need to better respect their customers ability to make their own choices. They have parental controls as it is.

    • Nonscpo

      But but won’t someone think of the children I mean women 😉

  • Nonscpo

    Don’t even bother censoring it, just ban this sick filth. Nobody want video games wich are now considered to be art, to in any way be controversial or heaven forbid push boundaries…lol 😀