The PlayStation game Omega Labyrinth Z, which publisher PQube was intending to release in the UK, has been banned from sale because it "promotes the sexualisation of children". As first reported by the BBC, the Video Standards Council said the "likely harm" it could cause meant it would not get an age rating - and without a rating, it is illegal for the game to be sold in the UK.
In a tweet publisher PQube confirmed the game would not be sold in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, the UK or Ireland. It also confirmed that various avenues of appeal had been exhausted, and so these decisions are final.
Following recent emails and tweets: #OmegaLabyrinthZ won't be released in Germany, Australia, New-Zealand, UK and Ireland. There won't be any movement on it. The USK appeal we tried was rejected, other appeals would have yielded the same result so those decisions are final. pic.twitter.com/i2p3DfjrNb
— PQube (@PQubeGames) March 13, 2018
In the US it is expected to get a "mature" rating, which means it can only be sold to those aged 17 and older.
Omega Labyrinth Z involves a load of anime girls searching for the 'holy grail of beauty' which - naturally - boosts the size of your breasts. Hey, I don't write this shit. You take various extremely young girls through randomly generated dungeons, and play a multitude of sexually-themed minigames, lots of which involve touching or stroking the girls. It's total anime body pillow territory, in other words, but this example features women that are presented as being far too young (yet with globular breasts).
The Video Standards Council made note of the fact the characters are described as "young girls" and their voices and appearance reinforce this impression. It made particular note of a "first year", depicted holding a teddy bear, which to be fair is completely gross.
The VSC reckons this game would be "unacceptable to the majority of UK consumers" and harm the "moral development of younger people". The decision makes Omega Labyrinth Z the first game to be banned in the UK since 2008's Manhunt 2. PQube has made no comment on the decision, barring the above tweet.