Hyper Universe is Getting Censored for the Steam Release

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

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Hyper Universe is seeing some minor but sweeping changes for its release on Steam. The female character portraits and the game’s breast physics are being toned down for the Western release. The game’s publisher Nexon had this to say about the changes in a post over on the Steam forums.

Hello everyone,

I implore everyone to read the original thread on the official forums regarding censorship.[forums.hyperuniverse.nexon.net]

If you pay attention, as some others have quoted, the changes were more so to make the female’s chest areas look more human and, well, a bit less ridiculous. Some of the females are a bit more modest in size and clothes compared to other versions of the game. We had complaints when we were at PAX South, in Alpha, and Closed Beta hence the decision to do what we did, without going overboard and giving every character a turtleneck sweater.

There are hard and thoughtful reasonings behind what we did – we do not want Hyper Universe to come off as a “quick cash scheme”, as we want to support it in the long term future. Some thoughts we took into consideration was potential broadcasting and tournament streams where some Hypers may make viewers feel uncomfortable or questionable to watch due to various reasons.

Overall, these changes do not detract from the gameplay nor the art in the game.

I would also say that speculating about future Hypers being censored is nearly worthless until they release or their art is shown for this region – especially regarding a certain succubus.

These changes effect nearly every female character in the game in some fashion.

Censored Gaming has released a video showing off some comparisons between the Steam release and the Korean release.

My take is that this is becoming more of a common practice with these types of games when they are being localized, and I honestly feel adding a simple toggle for original art and physics would’ve been a better solution. They should also probably teach their PR guy not shame big breasted women by saying they look ridiculous.

 

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  • MusouTensei

    Just more proof that SJWs can only destroy and censor, never create.

  • Paychi

    “If you pay attention, as some others have quoted, the changes were more
    so to make the female’s chest areas look more human and, well, a bit
    less ridiculous.”

    That’s not an excuse. They aren’t human, they’re digital creations. So if these people have daughters that grow up to have D cups are they going to force them to have breast reductions and come over to their house and dress them every day?

    These Marxist assholes are hopeless. We need to gather them up and let them all live on an island away from normal people in their own safe space.

  • tBanzai

    “Overall, these changes do not detract from the gameplay nor the art in the game.”

    “nor the art in the game.”

    BUT IT DOES DETRACT FROM IT.

  • Alistair

    That is a fail excuse where I come from.

    Video games shouldn’t reflect real life and Raz is a fucking platt to think otherwise.

    The day the video games destroyed by silly retarded cunts, is the day I quit gaming for good.

  • Mr0303

    As the article stated – a compromise would’ve been if they added a toggle option for the offended snowflakes rather than censor everything, but with moves like this devs just show that they are easily susceptible to pressure from a fringe minority.

    • Lance Devon

      Compromise isn’t enough for the people who have concerns of it. It was never that THEY are interested in the game and exposed to it, it’s that YOU ARE.

    • Mr0303

      Good point. They have the authoritarian mindset to control what other people are allowed to see.

  • Melody

    A toggle would have been far better. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean others have to not like it, so at best making such a change optional for those that want it would be the best thing to do if you feel that strongly about it.

    The problem is though that these people never get that idea in their head, that maybe they aren’t the center of the universe and that maybe the audience for the game won’t like it when these changes are forced upon them.

    What’s worse, is that they don’t seem to realize that they are in the minority, the people pissed off some character has D-cup breasts and likes to show them off are tiny in comparison to the ones that do like that kind of thing. This is especially true since for PC where people regularly decensor games back to normal and at times even make nude mods for games. Now that Nexon has shown itself to be in that minority, people will know to steer clear of anything they touch if they haven’t already.

    Unfortunately, that minority is starting to take over publishers and in a few cases some western developers, because they want to control what others can enjoy so much that they are willing to ruin games. The majority of gamers aren’t SJW so this puts the player base at odds with many publishers. These people think they can just change anything and people will still buy these games, but every time sales plummet, unless somebody decensors it.

    If Nexon has any hopes of making some money for this game they will either A.) change things back to the way it was, B.) make their changes optional, or C.)Pray that somebody fixes their mistake. A and B are preferable because even with the changes being reversed in C, many may still not want to give Nexon any money. More than likely Nexon has already resigned themselves to the fact the game will flop like all of the other times like this and are just glad they censored one more game.

    • Steve Baltimore

      Games like this live on skin sales and the sexy skins always sell the best. I wonder if they think folks are gonna buy censored skins? I sure hope not cause I fear they are pretty much screwed if they think that.

  • Asu

    You only worry about your game being a acash grab if the gameplay is bad.
    Is not an excuse!
    These changes are garbage!
    Now, where do I voice my opinion directly to them?
    They need to learn!

  • Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia

    Bastards, all of them. -_-u Do you really think that the people that complain are the same ones that are BUYING and playing the games ?

    I was about to complain in the official forum, but seems like free speech is also censored.

  • Cephrien

    These changes arent even significant.. Dunno what the big deal is. Hating on miniscule censorship just because its censorship is just as immature as the SJWs who complain.

    • Mr0303
    • Cephrien

      … yeah.

      My statement still stands.

    • Mr0303

      Only in writing. It’s value in argumentative terms is zero and thus the bingo.

    • Cephrien

      the same could be said about the rest of these comments.

      -yawn-

    • Mr0303

      “the same could be said about the rest of these comments.” – not really. Quite a few of the comments here gave reasons why they dislike this censorship and why it’s bad. What you did were a couple of assertions, an argument from personal incredulity and a false equivalence. Thus the bingo.

    • Cephrien

      Yeah okay.
      You reek of bias but okay.

    • Mr0303

      Everyone has biases. Mine are towards not censoring art.

  • ProfessorFluffy

    “…the changes were more so to make the female’s chest areas look more human and, well, a bit less ridiculous.”

    When a big part of the cast isn’t even human, this excuse sounds incredibly weak.

    It says something when people are expected to have a suspension of disbelief to aliens and demons being in a game, but big breasts are incomprehensible…

    • Reminds me of a thread on 4chan /v/ last year.

      “I can accept a giant monster (Sin) that flies around killing people and magic… but Blitzball? Totally unrealistic! They would drown!”

      Like, wha?

  • catazxy

    A few decades ago it was violence they tried to censor, this shit will go away as well, it just takes some time (even tho it feels like we’ve been in this shit for an eternity).

  • Joel McCabe

    There is only one small problem with all of this; none of what’s being done is actually ‘censorship’. If anyone actually looks up the word, here is the definition. Because, you know, words mean things.

    Censorship: the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security. Now, did anyone notice the terms ‘suppression’ and ‘prohibition’ in that? There has been censorship in the US before, but it was either during time of international war (read: WW2, propaganda, etc) or during the 1920’s to the end of the 13th Amendment. (read: alcohol prohibition)

    Both those times, the GOVERNMENT was involved, acting of its’ own accord against creative works (and yes, brewing/cooking is considered a creative work) that were already finished and complete, against the people who made them in the first place. During prohibition-era, you made or consumed booze, you went to jail for it. During WW2, you made anti-war statements, even if not pro-axis, you went to jail for it.

    Neither one of those things equals a company deciding to change their own creative work to appease negative criticism or critique of that same work. It’s THEIR GAME, not yours, and they can do with it whatever they want. That is their right as developers, and if you don’t want to support that, then that is your right as a consumer and customer to NOT BUY their game. It’s called ‘free enterprise’ for a reason.

    Now, if anyone wants to debate the rationale of doing this, or the sanity of doing this in light of an adverse minority versus an accepting majority (as some of the comments have shown, good for you!), then that is a worthwhile discussion and debate. However, let’s get the facts straight here, gamers. Just because a dev is making changes you don’t like, it’s not even close to censorship. Never will be.

    GFH.

    • Mr0303

      Nowhere in your definition is the government mentioned. Nobody here is equating the suppressions you mentioned with the censorship of art or with this case in particular in terms of scale. Censorship can be done by any organisation in position of authority. In this case Nexon is censoring the original art of the game because they deem it “obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security” – fits rather well, doesn’t it? I suppose you could be making the argument that since it’s their game they can’t be censoring it, but that’s not really the case since self censorship is a thing. If the lack of “self” before the use of censorship is your only issue here, then you are nitpicking semantics.

    • Steve Baltimore

      Self censorship is still censorship, and that applies to toning down of something before it is actually released. This has been released in one region and is being censored for ours.
      The PR folks there are calling this censorship ffs.

    • Mr0303

      Agreed. That was the essence of my post – not calling this censorship is disingenuous and trying to minimise the issue.

    • Steve Baltimore

      That’s totally a PR point. Censorship has a negative meaning behind it, so they use localize or we’re making it more accessible. Sounds better lol

    • Mr0303

      Culturalization is the one I heard being used recently:

    • Joel McCabe

      Mr, please review my reply to Steve. I’ll agree that one mention about the term was indeed semantics. However, my intent was to focus on the larger idea that even though I agree that Nexon is making a major mistake, it’s their mistake to make, because it is their product. Complain with the wallet, by all means. By the way, I do appreciate the tone and respect of your response; thank you.

    • Mr0303

      I saw your response and you are still wrong. What Nexon is doing is censorship by your own definition as I pointed out. Also as Steve mentioned the PR folks themselves called it censorship, so you don’t have a leg to stand on.

    • Steve Baltimore

      Censorship doesn’t have to be done by a government. Here is the definition from Websters:

      “the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.”

      nowhere there does it say has to be been done by a government, and if we take that 1 step further and look up the word censor.

      “an official who examines material that is about to be released, such as books, movies, news, and art, and suppresses any parts that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.”

      An official could mean anyone in a position of authority, which in this case is Nexon.

    • Joel McCabe

      Steve, we could debate about versions of a definition of a term until the end of time. Merriam-Webster recently included “ain’t” in the dictionary as well, but I wouldn’t call it correct English. However, that is purely the minutiae.

      Nexon is producing the game; it’s their own product, and they have every right to do with it whatever they wish. Now, I don’t think that it’s a good idea; in fact, I encourage the capitalist right of every gamer to complain about this change with their wallet.

      But this issue is more about a company catering to (admittedly) a vocal minority outside their primary fanbase to prevent public backlash (which also may not occur), and the absurdity of that action, rather than any (potential) misnomer about what the action could be considered. I don’t think it’s censorship, and I have (some) proof behind why not. You disagree with that proof; fine. That’s your right to do so.

      However, I think we can both agree that Nexon is making a mistake. Right?

  • Ace

    Blowing a gasket over miniscule changes is pretty much the same as being an extreme SJW overreacting to small things.

    • Mr0303

      False equivalence. One side demands censorship, the other wants to preserve art.