Lust for Darkness

Controversial horror game Lust for Darkness is set to return to the Switch eShop this week after originally being removed from the store. This new, edited release will launch under the name Lust for Darkness: Dawn Edition on 20th March.

Despite being available on the European store since launch with a PEGI 18 rating, Lust for Darkness was taken down from the North American Switch eShop soon after release for going beyond ESRB's accepted rating classifications for the console. The game's publisher, SimFabric, says that "tweaking a controversial content and reworking the most contentious assets" has granted it a new ESRB rating allowing it to make its grand return.

"Lust for Darkness appeared on Nintendo Switch last year and shortly after that vanished from American eShop due to ESRB concerns. The game occurred to be too strong, even for a mature American audience, getting a postrelease Adults Only rating, and consequently, being removed from local eShop.

After tweaking a controversial content and reworking the most contentious assets, SimFabric is happy to announce Lust for Darkness: Dawn Edition. A special version of the game adapted to the American rating policy. Lust for Darkness is still naughty and full of erotic tension - the game hasn't lost its DNA. It has been just reworked here and there, according to ESRB recommendations and will return to distribution in the United States, Canada, and Mexico."

This new version, which tones down the "explicit and overt use of sexual imagery", will also be available in Europe where the original edition wasn't banned. This way, those players can choose which version they'd prefer to experience. Here's a feature list of the new Dawn Edition:

- World design inspired with works of Lovecraft, Giger & Zdzisław Beksiński, mixed with the strong erotic vibe
- Exploring a Victorian mansion and the mysterious and dangerous world of Lusst’ghaa, with deadly creatures
- Using portals to traverse between two alternative realities
- Searching for hidden items to unlock side stories find out more about the game’s backstory
- Original soundtrack by a known composer (Draco Nared)
- Dawn Edition comes with everything previously released on Switch - including updates, additional minor bug and language fixes

We weren't all that impressed with the original version when we played it for review. We'll leave you with a snippet of what we had to say:

It doesn’t take very long for Lust for Darkness to overplay its hand and reveal just what kind of horror game it really is; for all the shock value of seeing some Giger-esque creature with an overtly phallic head or yet another doorway shaped like genitalia, you realise it’s just that: hollow grotesquery employed for the sake of making you cringe.