It appears that a second Criminal Girls game will be making its way West this September, but it won’t be making the move without some changes to the content.
Dungeon crawling rehabilitation title Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is on its way West thanks to the helpful folks over at NIS America, but the move won’t be without a few caveats – namely some censorship. In order to make sure the title will attain a “Mature” rating in the West some things had to be altered, and in the interest of giving it to you straight I’m simply going to quote the explanation.
Here’s what’s up, straight from the horse’s mouth;
1 – Redrawn art.
We had a bit more time to work on this title. We didn’t want to make any alterations to the game that would be jarring to the experience or feel “off,” so we worked with the original artist of the game who redrew the art for the Motivation scenes that might have caused issues due to their explicit nature. We didn’t want the game experience to change though, so we are also investing the extra effort into incorporating Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors’s unique Live 2D effect into the new art.
2 – Terminology changes.
As with the first in the series, Criminal Girls: Invite Only, “Punishment” will be framed as “Motivation,” and other terminology changes from the first game will also apply here. There may be a few other translation changes as well. This reduces the power distance between the player character and the girls in the Reformation Program and makes the activities of the game more consensual.
3 – No native language dialogue.
Like with Criminal Girls: Invite Only, we will not be dubbing the game in English. The game’s text will be in English, but the spoken dialogue will be the original Japanese voice track.
4 – No Motivation scene dialogue.
Some of this could cause an issue with power distance, or perceived consent of the activities of the game. This dialogue also represented a technical challenge to localization, because there are no subtitles. Thus, another reason this dialogue was removed was to avoid a situation of no text to accompany several lines of untranslated Japanese being spoken.
More on the reasons behind the content changes and some answers to common questions about the changes can be found on the NIS America blog post, located here.
As for a look at the game, we’ve been given an English teaser trailer – showing off the characters and introducing the premise;
Looking at the whole thing from the outside, the first title was rated a 3/5 by our guest writer Shizuka, and the second title scored a 30/40 from Famitsu – so it’s not like you’re going to end up with a bad game here. That said, I’d be more inclined to play it if I could play it as intended.
What do you think?
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is set to release September 20th in North America, and September 23rd in Europe.