A few weeks ago developer had qureate Massage Freaks announced for Nintendo Switch. Now the game is available for PC Steam but has undergone a rebranding to beat refle. The Switch version is deferred.
According to qureate, the reason for this is “talks with affected parties”. The Switch release has been postponed “indefinitely,” but Gematsu has also observed that all references to such a release have disappeared from the official website.
In Japan in particular, there was a lot of fuss about massage freaks in the run-up. The game features a mode, which it itself abbreviates to NTR, which stands for “Nice! Totally Relaxed! fashion”. However, as Automaton reports, NTR is also a well-known acronym for the word “netorare”, which means that a man loses his partner to another man.
Automaton also reports that the game’s sexualized depiction of women has been criticized by many in Japan, and that there are voices that scenes are reminiscent of real-life sex crimes in massage parlors in Japan. There were also critical voices towards Nintendo as the platform owner.
Developer qureate also changed some in-game names that previously matched Japanese idol group Hinatazaka46. Massage Freaks has disappeared from the Japanese Nintendo eShop. A release for Nintendo Switch now seems absurd.
Images: beat refle, qureate
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