Spike Chunsoft Confirms Zanki Zero: Last Beginning Changes for Western Release

It seems the ‘restrictions’ on releasing games with sexualised (or objectionable) content on PlayStation platforms continues as Spike Chunsoft have today announced changes to the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Steam release of Zanki Zero: Last Beginning; which is a dungeon crawler styled RPG featuring various different characters.

As announced in a new blog post Zanki Zero: Last Beginning will feature numerous changes to different portions of the game as well as an entire segment of the game being removed in order for the game to be released within the west.

To ensure a release for the West, content changes will also be included in the localized PlayStation®4 and Steam® (PC) versions. To reduce content which could be interpreted as sexualization of characters depicted as minors, the following changes have been made:

  • PlayStation®4 Packaging art
    • In order to conform to public storefront display standards, images that can be interpreted as too sexually provocative must be modified.
  • Sachika Bedroom Scene CGIs
    • In the Japanese release, Sachika’s panties are visible. In the Western release, Sachika is wearing pajama bottoms.
  • Sachika CGI in the Opening Scene
    • In the Japanese release, Sachika’s panties are visible. In the Western release, the camera angle has been raised to not show Sachika’s panties.
  • Child Rinko Extend Machine CGI
    • In the Japanese release, Child Rinko covers her chest with her arms. In the Western release, the position of her arms has been adjusted.
  • All “Child” bedtime event cutscenes removed

On the flip-side Spike Chunsoft have confirmed that the following content will be included in this western PlayStation 4 and Steam release of the game as well as a revised difficulty mode for those that struggle with the games puzzles.

We would like to inform the community about the following additions are included in the localized release:

  • Japanese Swimsuit DLC included in-game
  • Difficulty I: Lowered difficulty to allow players to focus on story and puzzle-solving (other difficulties have not been modified)
  • English voiceover option (Dual audio, choose from English or original Japanese)
  • Overall game balance and UI improvements

Zanki Zero: Last Beginning will be released onto the PlayStation 4 and Steam on the 9th April 2019 within North America and Europe.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has produced content for ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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