Atlus to Make Minor Edits to Dungeon Travelers 2

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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Dungeon Travelers 2

Via press release, Atlus USA has confirmed that it had to make very minor edits to four images in Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal. These edits were made in order to meet standards of the rating boards in order to get a M rating. AquaPlus approved of these edits and no further changes will be made to game.

You can read more about it in the full press release 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.

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  • Nonscpo

    Hopefully whatever they edit it out is worth it, not that it justifies it, but Im hopeing this is still a solid title.

  • Razorfall

    It would be nice if we could get a comparison of the images. It may have just been a few pixels of clothing.

  • Taiyaki

    Why would they need any edits if it’s getting an M rating anyway… Weird.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      Because, as per the standards of the three major console makers, you can’t sell a game on a home or handheld system that holds an AO rating. They will not approve it for their systems. M is the highest rating any game can have and still be on a system like the Vita.

    • Taiyaki

      I understand that, what I mean is, M is already the highest rating it can get. You usually hear of this type of thing when companies want to get a T rating. With M they can pretty much do anything they want aside from on screen sex or showing genitals. I highly doubt the original game had either of those two…

    • Guest

      M is not the highest rating. AO exists and several games have been slapped with it in the past. Usually for graphic sexual content.

    • Taiyaki

      But not on consoles. Only on PC. On consoles M is the highest they give out. You can pretty much do anything with M in principal, look at the gore in Mortal Kombat X and look at the bikinis in DOA5. Pretty much anything goes except genitals and on screen sex.

    • Agreed, one only has to look at games like Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row (both games of which I thoroughly love and enjoy… Saints Row a bit more) with their M-ratings and have to wonder what exactly was so horrible with this title in question. o_O

      I mean, both have strong sexual-references and depictions/representations… one can beat people to death with a huge flappy dildo in Saints Row… and GTA has prostitutes and dancing strippers, that dance in an open space, as well as in an enclosed private area for crying out loud. -_-

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      M is the highest you can get AND STILL be on a console. Atlus was pretty much told to change those or get an AO and be banned from consoles.

    • Lord Ackercocke

      Maybe to avoid a XXX rating lol

  • ScorpionMaster94

    Censorship like this is always unjustified. The ESRB has no concrete rubric for how they grade these other than “How offended am I?” it’s just another business changing their products to make the feminist harpy screams less vocal.

    • that has nothing to do with feminism though. If anything, it has to do with american christian standards, which have changed cross tiles to hearts since the 1980’s.

    • Crystal Colwell

      I’m a feminist and I don’t believe in censorship. Just saying…

  • Iyamtebist

    Eh, i’m somewhat disappointed, but I’ll get over it.