God Eater Resurrection: What Was Taken Out, But What Was Put Back

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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God Eater Resurrection is making it’s way to the West on  June 28 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, and August 30 for PC (via Steam). Speculation of censorship occurred when it was announced that Bandai Namco had altered some of the scenes of blood in the game. These altered scenes take place during devouring segments where the player’s weapon forms fangs that bite into monsters. During these scenes, blood splatters on the screen and grants the player more power. It’s important to note that when the PSP version of God Eater Burst was localized the blood was left in, but a few scenes were completely taken out of the game. Among these scenes was a boob touching segment during the games’ story.

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Unfortunately, the bloody scenes in God Eater Resurrection have been toned down for the West, but why? Well, oprainfall spoke with a Bandai Namco representative to not only confirm the changes, but find out if anything else had been taken out. The rep not only verified the toned down blood, but also stated that the previously censored story scenes taken out of God Eater Burst have been put back in for this release of the game.

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When we asked why these changes were made, we were told it was to keep the game at a T rating so that it could be bundled with God Eater Rage Burst 2. To ensure both games come out quickly, Bandia Namco is releasing God Eater Rage Burst 2 bundled with a free code for God Eater Resurrection. Evidently, they ran into problems when trying to bundle a M rated game with a T rated game in the West. No other changes were reported during the conversation about the upcoming game.

God Eater: Resurrection will be coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on  June 28 and Steam on August 30.

  • Akouryo

    It’s a shame to have the blood a little censored but for the sake of getting the game sooner and also getting to see new story scenes, it’s hit worth taking.

  • Tyler Trosper

    Well, I suppose it’s better than when they removed every single drop of blood from Xenosaga Episode III, which really hurt the impact of several cutscenes.

    • azariosays

      That story really suffered because of that, I agree.

    • Audie Bakerson

      Reminder Xenosaga’s wonky translation was done by 8-4.

      It’s a shame the first Baten Kaitos and the original Xenoblade are the only Monolith Soft game’s untouched by 8-4’s ability to turn everything they touch to shit.

    • Stephen

      Well, Xenosaga’s changes were definitely made to stay within a T-rating. Those types of decisions aren’t made by 8-4 but rather the publisher.

    • Jesse

      Oh grow up, they aren’t even close to that bad.

  • Etherblaze

    ESRB is a finicky thing.

  • Cats736

    So you censored the game just so you could bundle it with another one. Screw you.

    • azariosays

      God Eater Resurrection came out in Oct of 2015 in Japan Rage Burst 2 was released in February of 2015. How long were they supposed to wait to release the two games? I think don’t agree with changing games by any means, but from our conversation it seems they tried. Up to you to believe them or not.

    • Cats736

      They’re not, they’re should release it when they’re ready to release it. Censoring a game in order to bundle it with another release is stupid.

    • JoeSislack

      What is even sadder is that if you are a US Vita owner you don’t even get the bundle anyway.

    • Cats736

      Which I am, didn’t know that.

    • Joshelplex

      Screw you for not wanting FREE GAME. If it means getting Res for free when I preorder 2, take out the damn blood

    • Cats736

      If getting a free game means censoring another I would rather it not be free. As it stands, I won’t be getting either.

    • Destiny13777

      Shame it’s not a free game for Vita owners, you have to pay for both.

  • Timic83

    mgs hd collection. there shouldnt have been a problem here

  • Mr0303

    This sounds like damage control to me. I may be cynical, but they didn’t say that all previously censored scenes were put back in. I highly doubt they put the boob one in if they were trying so hard for a T rating.

    The rep also didn’t say if they censored anything else, so I think I’ll keep my wait and see approach with this one.

    • azariosays

      he specifically mentioned the boob scene and another scene that has spoilers that were put back into the game.

    • Mr0303

      That’s something I guess, but the removal of blood is still a pretty big insult for the mostly adult gamers who would purchase the game.

    • azariosays

      I agree, and coming from me who has played the PSP version, the bloody screen was pretty cool. It seems that that was only blood that was toned down and the rep didn’t seem to be hiding anything. Transparency is key in these types of situations. I wouldn’t want to lose trust with these individuals.

  • Steve Baltimore

    It should be noted here that God Eater Resurrection got a higher Cero rating than Rage Burst in Japan. This was probably due to the blood, and while it sucks it got toned toned down they are basically giving that away free with purchase of Rage Burst which has not been altered.

    • Mr0303

      This is what’s most puzzling of all – Japan is usually the one who censors blood and gore and yet the Western version is the one that cuts it out.

    • Steve Baltimore

      Because if they had put them in the same box they woulda both got an M rating even though Rage Burst is only a T to start with. You ever seen an HD collection with two different rating on it? Nope cause the whole package gets the highest one. In fact the ESRB will rate console bundles an M if there is content from an M rated game pre loaded on it.

    • HerpaDerp

      Jak (& Daxter) HD Collection will like a word with you; seeing how the USA release labeled a E-T rating. The European HD collection is simply 12+ however like you were saying.

    • Mr0303

      The best solution would’ve been to keep the M rating for the collection. M rated games can be pretty successful.

  • Paychi

    I guess I am seeing a recurring problem with the ESRB rating system? It’s a necessity, no doubt, but if these publishers are TRULY honestly tiptoeing around the system removing and altering content and not using it as an excuse to collapse under pressure from irrelevant bat shit insane gaming journalists, then perhaps the ESRB needs to take a long hard look at itself and its standards.

    • Scyris

      Its america where the narrow minded of the world live, most of the stuff that is censored in games wasn’t even needed to be done, bascally game companies need to grow some balls and a spine and not give into this crap. So what if both games are rathed M its still gonna sell just as well, Rating rarely effects sales as much as these clowns seem to think it does, if it did you wouldn’t hear so many 10 year olds infesting call of duty.

  • Well, I’m fine with my 2 Japanese versions.

  • Aidnac

    This is a meh story, I am still disappointed the US PS Vita is not getting a physical release. As it is right now I am just going to wait for this to go on sale for $10 or less.

  • Zn “Ogretail Food” Txn

    Less blood effects during gameplay = more clear field of vision

    I still don’t know why people complain about toning down blood effects that actually get in your way when fighting multiple aragami in narrow areas like the Infernal Subway. Sure it looked fancy but it becomes annoying the more you play.

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    Will the Steam version have photo mode?

  • John von Shepard

    Damn it japan just stop with your Censorship!