It appears that Australia’s top games retailer, Electronics Boutique, is issuing a recall of every physical copy of Gal Gun: Double Peace from its stores.
The issue was reported first by Rice Digital, the UK retailer known to be favored for special editions by Gal Gun publisher PQube, and which sells the exclusive special editions for Gal Gun: Double Peace and Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni. At this point, all that is confirmed is that Electronics Boutique has removed Gal Gun: Double Peace from its shelves, but not the motive. That is to say, we don’t know if this instance of censorship is per company policy (apparently they didn’t know what they were buying for stock?), or if Gal Gun: Double Peace has been well and truly banned from Australia.
The latter is definitely possible, given Australia’s draconian censorship policies when it comes to video games. At the very least we know that Gal Gun: Double Peace is a completely uncensored release and that the Australian OFCL ratings board has rated it as “18+” for “sexual activity related to incentives and rewards.” The OFCL also scored it as high impact for “sex” and mild impact for “violence,” so a ban is definitely something that could happen. Plus, the game certainly has enough raunchiness to give feminists and other assorted prudes the vapors:
For the moment, Electronics Boutique has yet to answer requests for comment. We’ll update this article once we’re sure whether this is yet another occasion of a company shooting itself in the foot for the sake of priggishness, or a real act of government-backed censorship.
If you’re interested, Gal Gun: Double Peace is the sequel to the hit 2011 ecchi rail shooter Gal Gun, and centers on engaging cute girls in battle as you search for your true love in the span of 24 hours – or cursed to be alone forever.
Gal Gun: Double Peace is out in Europe right now, and will release in the US on August 2. You can get the Standard Edition from Rice Digital for $64.99 (for PS4) or $49.99 (for PS Vita) . The exclusive Mr. Happiness editions are currently out of stock, but you can still check out their store pages here for the PS4 and here for the PS Vita.
UPDATE, JULY 28: It appears that this is not a government-mandated ban, but a decision by EB Games itself, one which has also resulted in Senran Kagura Estival Versus being pulled from the shelves alongside Gal Gun: Double Peace. EB Games has responded to requests for comment with the following statement, which admits to the recall but does not provide a motive:
“Australians who are 18 years or older have the right to make their own choices about what video games they play,” an EB representative told Stevivor via statement.
“We assess our product range on a regular basis using a number of key business factors, including sales rates. In this instance we have made the decision to no longer stock these products.
“The extremely small number of customers who have an existing preorder are still able to collect their copy of these titles.”
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