The casually romantic mini-game compilation, We Dare, has been pulled from release in Europe by its publisher Ubisoft. The game’s 12+ PEGI rating not only flew in the face of Ubisoft’s insistence of the game’s kinky appeal, but stirred a controversy amongst parents, who said it would encourage under-age sex amongst the Wii’s usual audience. A release anywhere outside Europe, especially in the States, seems highly unlikely.
One parent told the Daily Mail, “this sort of computer game will only serve to fuel sexual tensions and, in a worse-case scenario, sexual touching or assault.”
“Conclusions by press and commentators have been based exclusively on the online commercial, whereas the conclusions of PEGI were based on the game experience. It was correct to give the game a 12 rating. The content of the game and the interaction that the game itself implies do not warrant a higher rating. Marketing may have implied something else, but PEGI does not rate advertising, it rates game content.” read PEGI’s statement on the rating.
“Following the public reaction to the 12+ rating of We Dare, Ubisoft has made the decision not to sell the game in the United Kingdom,” was the official statement from a company representative.