Last year Sony stopped the release of Omega Labyrinth Z in Western territories, limiting the game to Japan where it remained available for PS4 and PS Vita. It was the first that something similar happened, generating mixed reactions.
There were those who accused the company of censorship and dual criteria, allowing highly violent games on their platforms but limiting games with sexual content. On the other hand, there were also those who defended the decision due to the highly sexualized image of women in the game in question.
Nearly a year after the event, Sony admitted that the Wall Street Journal has set new internal standards that purposely limit sexual content in games coming to PlayStation platforms.
The new standards have been set due to growing concern in the United States about the way women are represented, but the move is making Japanese producers angry because of an increasing need for censorship.
Sony’s concern is that games with sexual content, namely Japanese games with girls who look like minors, tarnish the brand’s reputation. These types of games are common in Japan, but in the West there are those who do not welcome them.
With the rise of the #MeToo movement, which seeks to warn of sexual harassment and rape, Sony wants to prevent PlayStation games from being associated with a degradation of the image of women.
Do you agree with Sony’s new policy?