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Sony Cancel Launch Of Provocative Schoolgirl Anime

Sony Cancel Launch Of Provocative Schoolgirl Anime

Sony have banned Omega Labyrinth Z from a PlayStation release in Europe and North America, for the sexualisation of children.

The anime RPG, which is based in a school environment, was denied access to Australia but now Sony has pulled the plug for Western countries too, even if their boards accepted the game.

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Labyrinth Z was issued an 18 rating by PEGI, who classify games for Europe, but the Video Standards Council later denied a box release in the UK.

The VSC said: "Throughout the course of the game the player is required to take part in a series of mini-games which feature frequent female sexual nudity, eroticisation and sexual innuendo.

"The player is required, on occasion, to sexually arouse the female characters by touching their intimate areas via a touch screen or by using the analogue thumb sticks."

Omega was planned for a PS4 and PS Vita release, where tasks resulted in young characters being stripped of their clothes. The VSC wasn't alarmed by the nature of the mini-games, however, but rather the age at which the schoolgirls were portrayed.

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"The player touches certain points on a female character's body to arouse them," the VSC says. "A successful action will activate a 'shame break' where parts of their clothing come off revealing more of their bodies.

Credit: PQube
Credit: PQube

In another game mode, "a fantastical dog-like creature then proceeds to lick the honey off their bodies which causes them to become aroused. Like the previous mini-game, when they reach a certain level of arousal parts of their clothing fall off or vanish. As the dog licks at the honey, the girls respond with sexualised language.

"The game clearly promotes the sexualisation of children via the sexual interaction between the game player and the female characters. The style of the game is such that it will attract an audience below the age of 18."

It's a bold move from Sony and not something that happens too often, but they obviously had grounds to stop the launch of the title.

Developers PQube shared a tweet to say they "respectfully comply" with Sony's decision and they "will not comment further on this matter."

Featured Image Credit: PQube

Topics: News, Entertainment, sony, Playstation, Technology, PS4

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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