‘Against the standards of decency’
It’s hard being a Vita owner in Australia. Not only has the console been all-but-abandoned by Sony, but for the second time this year, a new release for the oft-neglected handheld has been banned.
Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni, the new brawler by Senran Kagura creator Kenichiro Takaki that features weaponised lesbians, has been Refused Classification by the Australian Classification Board. This is to say that the game has been banned, as a title that has been Refused Classification “…cannot be sold, hired, advertised or legally imported in Australia.”
As mentioned previously, this is the second PlayStation Vita game to be banned in Australia this year, with the Idea Factory-published dungeon-crawler MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death being the first. The reason stated for the Australian Government’s banning of Valkyrie Drive was that the game depicts sex or sexuality in a way that may “… offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”
Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni is slated for a Western release by PQube Games on September 16. There’s a trailer below that’s well worth checking out.
I’m somewhat saddened by this turn of events, as I was actually looking forward to this one.