God Eater Resurrection Western Censorship Detailed, Australia Refuses Classification of MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death

Set for launch across PlayStation 4 and Vita early next week, new details have emerged regarding Bandai Namco’s censorship of God Eater Resurrection’s western version. 

In line with ESRB/PEGI standards, it’s understood the publisher dialled back the amount of blood featured in the devouring scenes, while battle animations — such as when the God Arc bites into an enemy — aren’t quite as graphic. The inclusion of God Eater 2: Rage Burst also factored into the censorship, as Bandai Namco must ensure both games are rated Teen in order for the free download code to be included. 

Elsewhere, Idea Factory International’s dungeon-crawling RPG MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death has secured a Teen rating in the States ahead of its fall 2016 release. However, it’s become the first game in some time to be refused classification in Australia. 

Down Under, the Australian Classification Board omits any titles that “depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified”, or “describe or depict in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult, a person who is, or appears to be, a child under 18 (whether the person is engaged in sexual activity or not).”

Idea Factory International is yet to release an official statement regarding the refusal, but we’ll update this article as more information comes to light. 

God Eater Resurrection will roar onto PS4 and PS Vita on June 28. MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death, meanwhile, is expected to launch for Sony’s handheld this fall. 

[Sources: Tech Raptor (1), (2), Kotaku]