We have managed to reach Peter Payne, owner of J-List and the JAST USA family of eroge brands, for comments on the situation brewing in Japan. In short, he says that there will be no adverse effects on games published through JAST USA’s eroge brands from this development.
Specifically, we asked whether there would be any effect on their current titles and whether this will have an effect on future titles, since he had hinted that there would be some “dark titles” coming up in the lineup at last year’s Anime Expo. Here is what he had to say on the matter:
Just saw that. I think that we will be okay as we have no connection with Sof-Rin [abbreviation referring to the EOCS] and no obligation to follow their rules. It should be noted that we have avoided games that are heavy in this genre, and don’t have anything that is as shocking as the titles they were carrying. Of course we’ve never sold games like Rapelay, whether in English or in Japanese or whatever. The new games we’ll be announcing will be awesome, and will be quite far from the current controversy.