Just How Much PriconneR Global Version will be Censored?

Short Answer: I have no idea, but likely. Oh yeah, there is finally news on Pricone EN version, which will launch on March 2021.

There is some rumbling about censorship regarding the way DanMemo was handled, which was published also by Crunchyroll Games. This is not at all relevant here, given CR is not the one running the Priconne ship. Still this is something to consider given Pricone EN version is a real global version.

I think the real question is, the EN/global version of the game is going to be available in just about every region except the ones that don’t do Google (ie., China). It might also be locked out of existing localized countries like Korea, Taiwan/HK/Macau, and Thailand–although I don’t see why they need to. Japan is also possibly locked out just because CR games don’t Japan, even if there is basically no reason to do so. (For what it’s worth, the Youtube videos from CR Games channel are geoblocked in Japan.)

The truth is, Princess Connect: Redive is a really tame game. It goes for the cute factor, which is ironically what torpedoes it on the Japanese internet for being a lolicon game when it really took off last year/earlier this year. It’s got a lot of cute little girls in this game, and while they don’t show a lot (with maybe exception of the actual demon that is Akari) there is definitely some sexually suggestive content involving minors. There is also some sexually suggestive content involving adults, for example Io, who, well, is explored in this youtube video covering the details of the EN Priconne announcement.

If this was a game targeted for North America only, I don’t think any of the content in the game is worth censoring. It’s pretty tame versus your average late-night anime.

But for countries like Australia? I really don’t know. Or any of the other more conservative regimes and cultures? Is Pricone ready for that? I guess we’ll find out. Most likely the game will just sit in the app store, and CR (and their partners) will target some key regions to advertise. For the most part these products run on words of mouth and are very siloed-in in terms of actual advertising. In other words, Pricone is not something that should see the light of day anyways, probably even in Japan.

My personal take is that Pricone is really tame, the racy stuff is not a big part of the game, even if it can be front and center if you look for it. For the most part, the game errs on the conservative side. Unfortunately(?) for Japan, that means presenting U18 characters in ways that other cultures may find uncomfortable. Between Ilya, Akari and Io I think things might have some changes. Which is to say, it’s for the most part cosmetic except maybe some of Akari’s lines?

Still, this is again not anywhere close to typical anime on Crunchyroll, so I don’t know what the deal is with any possible censoring. I’m thinking they won’t, just because it’s not something that is worth the upside given the downside. Maybe they’ll not make some things into wallpapers? That could be all that there is to it.


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