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.