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Publisher PQube has confirmed through a statement from its PR Executive that Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni will come to the West totally uncensored, with Japanese voices and English subtitles.


PQube has a history of standing by the integrity of its published titles, as illustrated by its commitment to bring Gal Gun: Double Peace uncensored to the West. Therefore, Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni was already carrying certain expectations, particularly in the wake of Twitter statements like this:

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The buzz generated was apparently enough to prompt a response, so in a statement to video game publication DualShockers, PQube’s PR Executive Nathaniel Fury explained at length how the game will not be censored, as well as some interesting tidbits about the publishing process:

I can confirm that Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni will be brought to the west in its original form, with content completely intact. It will be with a Japanese dub and English subtitles.

We generally don’t take on these kinds of projects if we’re not confident we can release it in the west without cutting or changing content. Changing the source material kind of defeats the purpose of doing it in the first place, so that is not something we even consider unless we literally have no other options. In terms of platform holders and ratings boards, you’d be surprised what you can get away with. Gal*Gun: Double Peace passed quite painlessly for example.

Where issues might arise in terms of publishing, is selling the title in to retailers who might be hesitant to take it. A game doesn’t just appear at retailers when we release it; a big part of the process is to go around and sell the title to each individual retailer and negotiate numbers and prices. Trying to present a game like Valkyrie Drive to a group of executives at a major retailer, who might be in their 50’s and don’t play or particularly care about games, and convince them that Valkyrie Drive is amazing and would do really well on their shelves or their website, can be quite the challenge for the sales team.


If you’re not familiarValkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni is the newest title from developer Marvelous Entertainment, creators of the Senran Kagura series. It is an action game that features cute girls who are infected by the mysterious Armed Virus, which allows them to wield or even transform into magical weapons, but only when sexually aroused… by other girls! It will feature yuri, clothing destruction, hack-and-slash action, and a “rub-and-touch” ecchi system that you can use to raise your girls’ power levels. You can check out the Japanese trailer below:


Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni is planned for a North American and European release as a PS Vita exclusive sometime this year. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the official release date arise.

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