No More Heroes: Heroe’s Paradise, the forthcoming ports for the Xbox 360 and PS3 will be released next February 25th in Japan.
Besides being markedly improved from the Wii version and amping up the already overt sexuality with the recently confirmed “Sexy Cherry” and “Sweet Mango” female cast picture sets on the PS3 and Xbox 360 respectively as an Amazon Japan pre-order bonus, the game is set to run through the censorship issue experienced with the game on the first go round.
Word is that there will be two different versions of the game upon release, with the Xbox 360 version being completely uncensored (and called the “American” version by a Japanese retailer owing to its predicted CERO Z rating which is equivalent to the ESRB Adults Only rating) and the PS3 version being censored inline with the Japanese CERO organizations guidelines for gore and violence, meaning “black pixels” instead of blood on the PS3 version identical to the European and Japanese Wii release of the game.
Of course, this should only matter to those that import the game but it does raise questions on whether the eventual US release will get an identical release pattern, as Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 had much of its gratuitous gore and more graphic kill animations toned down at Sony’s request before release.
If Ubisoft does decide to pickup the games for the US, the issue would be moot as it’s thought both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions would be completely uncensored, but Sony is clearly setting an example with Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 that games can be violent, yet will not hesitate to pull back on what it considers gratuitous.