Degica Games Listens to Fans and Gives Players a Choice in Eternal Destiny

Monday, April 18th, 2016

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One post on the Steam forum page of moe-girl card-battler Eternal Destiny caused a lot of discussion last week.  The game is being produced by Degica games for the West and the company made a choice to alter a few of the images. The post to be addressed was titled “how much censored is this thing?”.

This caused fans of the company and the game to ask “why” and request that the company rethink their decision. In the past when changes such as these have been revealed companies go silent. Degica seemed to go back to the drawing board.

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Degica Games has announced that they will be implementing a “Infinita Card Mode”. This will give players the choice to either play the game with altered or unaltered images. They have also posted this to the fans:

Hello everyone,

We at Degica Games are dedicated to bringing to gamers the experiences that would otherwise not make it to the West. To do this, we evaluate game after game from Japan, doing our best to find the gems that never escaped to the outside world.

One of those gems we uncovered, was Office 5656’s Vita card battler Infinita Strada, which we and Office 5656 are now updating to give everyone, no matter where they live, a new and improved version for PC on Steam as Eternal Destiny.

But we made a slight misstep. We made some changes, and it turns out that we weren’t delivering the experience that our fans wanted. We received a lot of feedback. We took the time to read it all and came up with a plan of action.

And that plan of action is the newly implemented Infinita Card Mode.

Every player now will have the choice between playing with the new altered cards, or, if they wish, go into the menu and switch the Card Type from Eternal to Infinita to get the original versions of every card.

The company then thanks the fans for the feedback. Here is an example of the changes that the player has a choice of:

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Is this the proper way to handle these situations? Let us know in the comments below.

Eternal Destiny will release on PC on April 21.




  • blackice85

    Great, but was that so hard really? I don’t mind a company offering a ‘safe’ or all-ages mode or something, but it should be a choice. So good on them for listening to their potential customers.

    • azariosays

      I agree and I hope that Japanese companies see this and try to implement it into their games. It’s a great way to provide a compromise to the situation niche games are facing in the West.

    • KissDisqus

      Should be up to the localization instead assuming they copy degica’s example since they already have the knack for editing. The japanese and americans have different ideas on what may be acceptable for kids/teens or socially acceptable. If you’re going down the changes/censor route you might as well leave it in the hands of america’s natives.

      Assuming the japanese ever try this with their games for the west’s benefit who’s to say the localization won’t just gut out the untouched/original option and just take the edited/censored option.

  • KissDisqus

    While nudity is fine with most people I’m not sure how steam will feel about lolicon. They could pull the game from the store if enough people complain.
    Still it’s great to see them lay out both options.

    VNs have also been subject to these kind of changes as well. They do it so they can get it to steam and for mass appeal(in the weeb fandom anyways). I understand that but why is it hard for them to release an adult version along with the all ages one? They can’t have a digital version up on their own websites or something?

  • Derp Minos

    Good news. Though I’d rather uncensored would had been the original option and censored version the optional one.

  • Voulke

    I’ve seen this method employed regularly by WinterWolves, and it really is the best way to do it. Gives everyone the option to play the way they want, so everybody wins.

    • Derp Minos

      I’d swear WinterWolves along with optional censorship added a forced censorship of one of the girl because she was deemed “too young-looking” (in that case she looked much older than the censored images in Eternal Destiny though).

    • Voulke

      You’re talking about the dwarf girl from Loren, I assume. If you get the patch from the developer’s website, it uncensors everything, including the dwarf.

    • Derp Minos

      Really? I thought they censored in every instance of the game. Interesting to know.

    • blackice85

      Unfortunately some people don’t consider themselves ‘winning’ unless they’re forcing their preferences on others.

  • Mr0303

    Bravo! Kudos to Degica Games. This is how the sensitive material should be approached – give the players a choice to play the original or the “safe” version. I hope this becomes a trend.

  • Melody

    Of course it was the correct solution. Sometimes when I play games, I turn off the blood, but I like that it is a choice that I personally can make. I would never advocate for such a choice to be made for others. I suppose I could call anybody that preferred the blood in their games violent psychopaths or something, but imo, videogames aren’t real and as such I can’t judge others for what they prefer in their fiction. So like how games like GTA allow you to kill, steal from, and in GTA V torture others. I don’t judge others for their enjoyment of such activities because nobody is truly hurt.

    Similarly when it comes to matters like these involving sexuality. It would be inconsistent and hypocritical to be openminded about violence while closeminded about sexuality. The same defenses should apply in both cases.

    The way this ended is the best way to handle it. Those that don’t like the more lewd artwork can choose the cleaner artwork. And those that want the more lewd artwork can choose it instead. Only people I can see not being satisfied with this are those that can’t stand others being entertained by things or in ways that they don’t like.

  • Nick Palmer

    Hey. Thanks for the kind words. We really do want to put fans first. And as the first line of contact for most fans, its good to hear that we are doing a good job.

    • Steve Baltimore

      It’s a rare thing these days for publishers to listen to their fan base. It’s great that you folks did, and took the time to make it right. This game looks like a ton of fun and I cannot wait to get my hands on it 😀

    • Nick Palmer

      I enjoyed playing it, though I imagine most people would trounce me in it, aha, ha, ha.

    • It’s great to see a company willing to listen to their fans 🙂

    • blackice85

      Thank you for taking the input to heart and giving customers a choice. I will definitely be purchasing now.

    • Jonah Rosen

      I can easily say that this is the best way this could’ve been handled and I applaud you and everyone at your company for taking the effort to go a route that can please both sides of the discussion. Kudos guys, more companies should follow your example.

  • Vayu Purana

    i find the naked incest twin sister pic amusing lmao

    • azariosays

      they’re protecting each other.

    • Vayu Purana

      by being naked for the regular version?…or do they come from a nudist colony :p

    • azariosays

      Yes, protecting each other from the gaze of the evil nudist colony lolicons. By the way, the girls meandered into the colony after following a butterfly. They were then given the option to strip or be thrown into prison. They chose the former.

    • Vayu Purana

      haha omg thats hilarious of the evil nudist thing

      and oh that’s terrible O__o

  • MusouTensei

    “Is this the proper way to handle these situations?”
    I think you can’t do much better really, most costumers win with this, the ones who want it uncensored and the ones the uncensored version makes feel uncomfortable. The only losers are the people who are never satisfied, but those are losers on default and usually wouldn’t buy this game regardless.

    Definitely something the industry should use much more often.