Browsing PALGN over the last few days, you might be used to all the good news coming out of E3 2011. Trailers, announcements and previews are certainly nice to wake up to. Well, today we have some bad news, especially if you're a Nintendo 3DS owner. According to Kotaku, Dead or Alive: Dimensions may be pulled from shelves.
The report is due to the change in classification for the game as listed on the official website for the Australian Classification Board. Where once Dead or Alive: Dimensions was classified as 'PG for Parental Guidance', it is now stamped with 'REVOKED'.
What does this mean? If past titles are any indication, this could mean that Dead or Alive: Dimensions will be removed from retailers, with sales of the game prohibited. It wouldn't be the first time such a game received classification changes, with Grand Theft Auto III one of the more memorable historic examples. It is also possible that the game will be revised for a higher rating, such as MA15+, and still be sold.
This change in classification could be a result of recent attention to characters in the game, notably their apparent sexualisation. In Japan, and official canon, a couple of Dead or Alive characters are aged under the Australian legal adult age of eighteen. In order to avoid controversy, localisation in Australia (and some other regions) changed age displays to read 'N/A'. Unfortunately, this was apparently not enough for ultra conservatives, and the usual mindless ranting and raving following suit.
The fate of Dead or Alive: Dimensions at this point in time is unknown. However, we advise Nintendo 3DS owners interested in the game, and interested in buying locally, to pick up a copy quickly should the title be withheld from sales. We also advise gamers to continue following and supporting the EverybodyPlays Campaign, as well as voice their disagreement with such absurd, knee-jerk reactions from supposed 'officials' on matters such as this.