Fans of the Senran Kagura series have been waiting for a long time for Senran Kagura 7EVEN: Shojo-Tachi no Kofuku, the new mainline game of the Senran Kagura series. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard or seen much beyond the announcement teaser trailer which you can see at the bottom of the post, and a bunch of pictures showing off Asuka’s new character model from last summer.
The game was supposed to be a PS4 exclusive, and both Marvelous and Producer Kenichiro Takaki had a long love affair with Sony’s platforms. Lately, Sony Interactive Entertainment appears to have tightened regulations on games including fanservice like the Senran Kagura series, which seems to be creating issues to Takaki-san’s team. He explained those problems in an interview on Akiba Souken.
“Recently, regulations on sexual depictions have become increasingly strict worldwide. For such aspects, we have to make things in a way that they won’t be misunderstood. Due to that, we’re facing difficulties which we hadn’t in the past.
I believe it’ll take some time. We have to think in a broad way about how to somehow make it happen.”
Takaki-san was also asked about the “mysterious white light” that is normally used in animation (and it’s starting to be used for games as well, recently). He feels that for anime specifically, with the upcoming Olympic games it’s a pretty harsh period, on top of worries about children watching them. In such circumstances, the genre has been driven out little by little. That being said, there are still fans who want to see this kind of anime, and Takaki-san’s team still wants to create them, so they need to figure out on how to make it work well.
In the meanwhile, fans of the Senran Kagura series will soon be able to enjoy Peach Ball: Senrak Kagura on Nintendo Switch, even if a western release hasn’t been announced just yet.