Silly to me. Just slap an 18+ rating. Adults get to decide wether they want it or not.
I don't care for such games, but it's sugestion, not the real thing. It's not porn. But whatever, i don't really care.
Jim Ryan, head of global sales and marketing for PlayStation says “We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe,” says Ryan. “Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”
Clearly you are not thinking of the children.
Funny, that the quote above is in regards to crossplay, when it works so much better for this current game.
The funny thing about this quote is that ppl always forget the part "Unfortunately, it's a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I'm not going to get into the detail of that on this particular instance.". Jim Ryan already said that not doing cross-play with X1 was a financial one.
Because gun violence is equatable to the sexualisation of children?
No obviously not. Murder is usually significantly worse than consensual sexualized interactions. Whether in fiction, or in real life.
Some western countries, USA in particular, draws the line differently for what is acceptable when it comes to violence vs sex in a general sense.
Meaning even if the person is 18 years old or 32, depending on the medium, they'll show 50 000 people getting murdered before they show 1 nipple.
Now because this game has some characters that look young it's even less surprising that they decided to do this.
There seems to be no source material confirmation on any ages though. And I don't know which particular characters you can have those raunchy interactions with, but even if it's only with the older looking ones, or characters portrayed to be of age, I doubt it would matter to the ones who made this decision. If the girls would get brutally murdered instead though, I bet the game would be released in the west.
The issue with this move has nothing to do with whether the characters are appropriately aged or not. its the fact that the dev and artist willingly decided to make some of them look like children and its that portrayal that is a problem.
The game has a PEGI rating and yet is banned in a few countries in EU, in addition to Australasia. At the end of the day while Sony having a role in stopping the game being released is problematic, its pretty obvious that they dont want to be involved in this issue in case things go south with its release. its being banned for inappropriate exploitation of characters that look underage. There might be other countries that are looking to ban it to and a release would not only be incredibly limited, but a release in connection with news outlets potentially making a fuss about the games content is not a position a company like Sony wants to be in.
If the girls would get brutally murdered instead though, I bet the game would be released in the west.
I am curious, but what games of the last decade allow you to 'brutally murder' children looking characters?
and for people extrapolating this to other games... if those games are getting banned in multiple countries, or have similar content with similar aged looking characters then you can probably expect this to happen again. if neither of these 2 things happen then the game will still release. No reason to start fear mongering here.