MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death, a dungeon crawler by Idea Factory, is due to hit shelves in September this year. Interestingly, the game has been refused classification in Australia.
Fans of Idea Factory – and the many games under their belt – may well be looking forward to their newest published game, MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death. Compile Heart’s fairly straightforward dungeon crawler, MeiQ is due to hit North America and Europe in September of this year.
Developed for the PS Vita, players will navigate their way through the game’s many maze-like dungeons, solving puzzles along the way. MeiQ takes place in first person, exuding a familiar vibe to anyone who had that one, really old Windows 95 screensaver.
As far as adult material goes, MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death is quite soft. Similar to other PS Vita games, MeiQ opts for the tried and true combination of cute anime girls in somewhat revealing costumes. Cleavage is on show, bodies are barely covered – you get the idea. Even so, it looks as though the game has been refused classification in Australia.
This news was found via the Australian Classification wing of the Australian Government, which shows that the game has been branded “RC”. You can see exactly what that means below.
The computer game is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as computer games 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,” and (b) “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).”
The most likely reason in all this is due to the perceived age of some characters in-game. While the outfits themselves aren’t as sexual as they could be, Australia was known recently for a ban on small breasts (this didn’t actually happen, but the fact people believed it says a lot). Australia is affectionately known as a “nanny state”, similar to the Brits, so Poe’s Law is in full effect.
Realistically, this was likely due to a combination of factors. Idea Factory recently announced that they would no longer localize games that would require censoring content, which means there probably wasn’t any room to work with the Australian ratings board.
If you’re fortunate enough not to be Australian, you can find MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death available on Play-Asia right now, in both a North American and European release. The game is due out later this year, September 2016. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the game’s trailers:
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