Do you ‘member Senran Kagura? You know, the ecchi-action series that features buxom ninja girls wearing paper mache costumes? Yeah, good times…
Well, the series as you know it may be coming to an end. Series producer Kenichiro Takaki shared future concerns while speaking with Inside Games. During the interview, he was asked about the state of Senran Kagura 7EVEN, which was supposed to ship last here. Takaki said:
“It seems the original idea we had imagined would be impossible to release. So we’re redoing, or rather reconsidering, everything about the game.”
Senran Kagura 7EVEN is right back at square one, and it has everything to do with Sony’s new stance on sexual content. Early last year, Sony Interactive Entertainment revised their process in publishing mature games — with an extra eye on anything sexual. Japanese devs have complained on social media about Sony’s strict approach that has forced games to be censored.
One example is with Nora to Ojo to Noraneko Heart. The ecchi visual novel features light bars and cropped images during certain scenes in the PS4 release, while the PC version is uncut. It’s worth noting that there are no sex scenes in this release of the visual novel, just standard anime-grade ecchi.
Sony’s new approach has Takaki worried about the franchise’s future. While Senran Kagura could move to a different platform, Takaki believes that Sony’s regulations will be adopted by others.
Right now, most of the sexual regulations are being enforced by Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan, which is why so many Japanese devs are upset. Sony Japan is also asking licensors to censor certain features. For example, XSEED Games is removing the Intimacy Mode in Senran Kagura Burst: Re:Newal for the PS4 but will keep it for the PC version.
Takaki and his team may consider releasing the original vision of Senran Kagura 7EVEN just for PC, but he’s leaving the door open for now.