Ikkitousen: Shining Dragon (lost build of cancelled English localization of PlayStation 2 fighting game; 2008)

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Shining Dragon Japanese cover.jpg

The Japanese cover art for the game.

Status: Lost

Ikkitousen: Shining Dragon (official localized title) is a fighting game based off the Ikki Tousen anime franchise, released in Japan on July 26th, 2007 for the PlayStation 2.

Valcon Games licensed the game for an English release, and fully completed translating the game into English before submitting it to the ESRB. The English version of the game was also at one point listed for preorder on Amazon, Play-Asia, and Target.com.

However, the ESRB proceeded to give the game an M rating for "Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Violence", which was higher than the distributor was planning on (by comparison, the game received a CERO C, or 15+ rating in Japan).

The ESRB description of the game also revealed a minor censorship element: while the girls in the Ikki Tousen anime and original Japanese game are referred to as being of high school age, they were planned to be aged up to college age in the English version of Shining Dragon.

The game's release was formally cancelled by the distributor in May 2009, with the M rating being listed as the most damaging factor. A censored release was considered, but Valcon decided against it, commenting to the gaming website Siliconera:

"We could remove all the stuff that makes it an M-rated game, but then we don’t think the customers would be very happy buying an Ikki Tousen game without all the shredded clothing…"

No screenshots or gameplay of this English version have ever been released.