Danganronpa V3 Rejected by Korean Rating Board, They Determined It Had “Crossed the Line”

As reported by Gamemeca, South Korea’s Game Rating and Administration Committee has rejected Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, meaning it cannot be released in the country. Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment Korea has seven days to respond to rejection, and a spokesperson for the company said they’re “discussing internally on how we should respond to this.”

In their explanation, the Committee cited a law that says “there is a concern for societal disruption due to amplified portrayal of crime, violence, sex, and etc which in turn would incite criminal behavior or copycat crimes.” Kotaku brought up a recent murder case involving a teenager as a possible reason behind the rejection, but a Committee spokesperson told This is Game:

The decision was based on the game’s content. We did raise concern about copy cat crime and whatnot, but the rating was not denied just because of that. We determined that the game had crossed the line where it was difficult to allow this in society.

Past Danganronpa games have released in South Korea, but were rated Adults Only.

Danganronpa V3 was expected to launch in South Korea at the end of September, which is when it also arrives in North America and Europe.

[Source: Gamemeca, This is Game via Kotaku, Gamasutra]