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.
Wasn't this game basically porn disguised as a horror game?
As if someone ever would go for the censored version...of course not!!
Understandable for the US eShop, but there's little point over here as long as the uncut original remains.
cue said original going down after this comment😏
Sounds kinda kinky.
@AxeltheBuizel I could see masochists being into this type of thing.
I can’t believe this game isn’t from 1996.
The game looked more cringey than sexy. Like when you visit a fat, reclusive relative who doesn't wash and their living room has crinkled old porn magazines on the floor next to the true murder books.
I believe people should have freedom of choice when it comes to buying games. Here's hoping people freely choose not to buy this.
To each their own, I just think this looks like hot garbage.
I hope someone lists exactly what they removed/changed. If it’s substantial I’m not giving them my money.
I always thought this was horror disguised as a porn game.
e.g. Some suggestively shaped rocks here, a topless succubus over there... Just enough to grab people's attention in the trailer.
And "Lusst’ghaa"? What a perfect word to describe the experience of a player trying to figure out how to get off to this game, and then having a jump scare dropped on them.
Maybe they should rename it "Lust for light?" Is the uncensored version still available in EU shop? If ur over 18 why you can't enjoy the content without censorship? We're in 2020.
@Kalmaro It’s not even hot though, it’s just garbage 😉
@nessisonett Point made
I just heard this a couple days ago so I’m surprised to see an article! I wonder what the exact differences are. I want side by side comparisons. As for the game, I loved it. My only gripes is that I wish they’d put more effort into the graphics of the scenery. Also having no items to collect as a side quest made searching in drawers feel very pointless.
@SwitchForce How about not bringing religion into the thing at all?
@HobbitGamer He's not without a point, though. Where's the right to scream about choice and freedom in cases like this? crickets
One should be allowed to enjoy any media, uncensored, save for that depicting real murder, rape, torture, child/animal abuse, etc... If its fictional, its fair game.
Gieger, Lovecraft and Beksinski + eroticism?
Why haven't I heard about this game until now?
Could it be that censorship still manages to be a more exciting story than the games it hits?
Okay, so it got rated Adult Only and they had to tone it down so it could be sold on home consoles since every console manufacturer bans the sales of AO games. Reminds me of the time GTA had to do the same thing, except in that instance the thing they had to remove wasn't even accessible in the game without hacking. Good times.
Yeah, I don't think I'll be playing this one. Sounds like they're pushing the boundaries to just push the boundaries, doesn't sound like there's any kind of good reason or anything, so I will skip
@EVIL-C ... So basically you're saying that censorship is only fine if it's things that you also think are wrong. Yeah. That's much better.
@AxeltheBuizel No, certainly not porn. But not a good game either.
@Minfinity WTF are you talking about? No, not at all did I say that. Learn to comprehend. So basically, you're saying media with real murder, real rape, etc... is fine? You are one messed up individual.
@EVIL-C Where in my comment do I say they were ok?
You provided a list of real events that should have sensorship if depicted and that if it's fictional, is fair game. That is you setting a standard.
@Minfinity I asked first. Where did I say "I want things censored that I don't like, because I like to tell people what they can/can't enjoy"?
I've been a staunch anti-censorship minded individual all my life. Even for content I dislike. It's called being principled.
Now call me crazy, but I dislike real life examples of people getting murdered, real people getting raped, real kids getting molested, etc.. especially if it's then filmed/documented, and sold commercially.
Now go back to my first post. I clearly said "if it's fictional, it's fair game". That means, people dying in a SAW movie is fine cause it's fictional. People being murdered in real life, and then selling that content, should OBVIOUSLY not be allowed. At least no ethical, normal person advocates for murder and rape.
I can't believe this needed such a long explanation to a statement that should've been very simple to understand.
I dont like censorship at any form. People have the choice to consume the product. As consumers, if you dont like the product, simply dont consume it. People shouldnt try to run other peoples lives or control them. Just mind your own yard. Take care all.
Maybe console makers should have an adults-only section of the digital stores that you need to prove you're an adult just to get to. Obviously not a perfect idea, but I'm just spitballing here.
@SwitchForce So I guess you missed the part that they self censored because the ESRB gave the original version of the game an Adult Only rating. The Adult Only rating is considered taboo to have in the gaming industry and some developers try to avoid getting it stamped on their games because it can hurt sales.
If one doesn't like the game why are they playing and trying to find it. Those becoming Adults are far better Adults then the censoring Adults whom can seem to jump into each other's bed. Why do those whom do this think they are better at censoring what Adults choose.
Decapitation, torture and all manner of stuff is fine here in North America. A female character in a bikini and people lose their damn minds. That's essentially what it comes in this case. There were probably some breasts and people flip their damn lids.
In case the point of my original post wasn't clear, I'll clear up a bit. I probably don't actually need to spell it out that the things you listed are not good things.
I'm more confused about the hypocrasy of asserting your moral views so strongly, agreeing with a voice for people to express their own moral standards, while also agreeing that certain people shouldn't (which I only bring up in light of you responding to the post to leave religion out of it).
Before I get called out for it, here's my actual view: I am a Christian that believes we have free will; so while I agree with the idea that there are things we shouldn't expose ourselves to, I think people have the right make the personal choice as to whether or not they do. So we agree about the censorship to a certain extent.
All I really mean is that we actually can keep religion out of this.
@Gamer83 Kotaku and Resetera strike again.
I'll never buy it now
Just glad I bought this day one so mine is uncensored. If they censor mine, I'm totally asking for a refund.
I bought this out of curiosity. It made me think of the Kubrick movie Eyes Wide Shut with Tom Cruise. I've only played through the first part of the game where he goes to the park and has to get to the mansion. I got kind of bored without a map function looking for stuff. Haven't played it again, but will sometime.
I've been into playing The Observer more. Had no idea this game got pulled. Now it kind of makes me want to play it more to see what I've been missing. haha
@AxeltheBuizel pretty much.
I’d be so grateful
I've seen much worse in cinema than this game. Americans are so sensetive.
@AG_Awesome If you want porn just use the internet.
Porn or not, I am willing to suspend disbelief and go with the narrative it's art since I love Giger and Beksinski--the fact both were inspirations drove me to this as rarely do I hear people mention the latter artist.
As an art lover, I abhor censorship, so I suppose I'll just have to find a playthrough of the unadulterated version (pun unashamedly intended).
@Shadow0blivion forget HowWind that person is just full of hot air. They fail to notice what is and isn't unconstitutional or did they forget to read the court ruling Corporation is a Person. So since they are company they have Freedom of Speech and if you don't like it tough luck. Censorship of any kinda is a crime whether you like it or not or I like it or not. People can choose for themselves and when the so called moral censorship Third Reich * comes to tells me they want you to live in their *utopia but wont live with their utopia rules.
@tobsesta99 Or, and I know this is crazy here, I don’t like censorship. I get you’re cool with it, but some of us don’t like sacrificing integrity just to cater to sensitive people who can’t handle it. ☺️☺️
If censorship by a private company is illegal, explain to me why Howard Lincoln (Former president of Nintendo of America) or Kenichiro Yoshida (current president of Sony) aren't wearing stripes behind bars right now?
Played it on PC, it was visually and conceptually interesting but the execution was pretty lame due to it's lackluster story, tame on scares and really short length as I beaten it in two hours.
Not worth the asking price.
I assume this law that apparently prohibits censorship completely in Fantasyland (as this law doesn't obviously exist in the US as the Hays Code, Comics Code, and even an attempt at something similar for videogames in 1993 were all encouraged by the federal government) is named Godwin's Law?
i find it hard to believe all of the reviewers on nintendo life has the same thought to this game, is there no open minded adult on the team? lol jks
@EVIL-C , "if it's fictional, it's fair game". That means, people dying in a SAW movie is fine cause it's fictional. People being murdered in real life, and then selling that content, should OBVIOUSLY not be allowed. At least no ethical, normal person advocates for murder and rape."
you see this needs explanation as it can be confused for either of the 2 following reasons
1- i could mistaken this as any in real life camera footage of someone getting murdered and then selling said footage is "wrong" in your eyes
2- someone that gets tortured in real life therefore can not be replicated in game which leaves jack for a game to do
so either i can have a game where someone gets tortured because its fictional but i can't because it happened in real life?
"The game occurred to be too strong, even for a mature American audience,"
So the american audience should not be considered mature.
"Exploring a Victorian mansion and the mysterious and dangerous world of Lusst’ghaa..."
"Lusst'ghaa"? Get the hell right out of here.
What if someone downloaded the game when it was first released? Will they still have the uncersored version? It seems to be listed as a "new" game, because it has a different name.
Are early adopters required to update their game to continue playing it? I'm talking about the american eShop of course.
@RodSD64 It appears to be an entirely new release yep, so anyone who had the original should still have the original without having to update.
I don't have the game to test this myself, but this is usually the case in situations like this one. 🙂
Have you been in my bedroom?.
So leave religion out of it, then go on to say you are a christian and here is what you believe, sounds totally reasonable to me.
@johnvboy In case that wink did not mean you're joking (cause you never know with some people): the context of responding to the thought that Christianity/religion are the reason this game is being censorship, it actually is totally reasonable to say what I believe because it supports my argument that religion has nothing to do with the censorship.
In case your wink meant you were joking: GAH! FOILED AGAIN!
Religion has nothing to do with censorship, nor should it, from religious stance one could choose to not buy a game because they personally feel it is counter to their belief system, but as you say it's up to the individual if they buy something or not.
@johnvboy we are at an agreement. And in this specific case, I don't think the censorship would make anyone who found the games premise questionable think it's ok to buy it now.
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