It's true, Idea Factory does indeed have the stones to localize Monster Monpiece for North America and Europe. Perhaps you may recall that amusing (yet curiously exciting) Japanese game commercial proudly demonstrating one of its features: rapidly stroking your Vita (held vertically, of course) up and down with your free hand while the handheld's vibrant OLED displays a "Monster Girl" in the throes of pleasure? Yup, that's Monster Monpiece. And you too will soon be able to stroke your Vita for the good of mankind.
That's not to say Monster Monpiece is all about rubbing. The Vita title at its heart is a "tactical card battle game with light RPG elements." You play May Esperio, an Academy student able to recruit Monster Girls in her quest to stop a classmate endangering the safety of the world of Yafaniel. The Monster Girls are summoned from cards that you hold in a deck, which you can customize to best suit your strategies; collectible card game fans should feel right at home here.
There are over 100 Monster Girl cards to collect, featuring artwork from several different Japanese illustrators. The whole rubbing thing is the "First Crush ❤ Rub" mode, where you level up your Monster Girls by... rubbing your Vita's touchscreen and back sensor. Trust in the heart of your five-leaf clover!
Idea Factory did make a point to note that they saw fit to remove certain Monster Girl images from the North American and European releases of Monster Monpiece, no doubt due to their content. This self-censorship may disappoint prospective fans who disagree with the whole principle; it's likely Idea Factory wishes to avoid potential "mainstream" backlash over these maybe-offending cards. No Monster Girls have been cut, just certain evolution images. In their defense, Idea Factory disclosed a list of the Monster Girl evolutions they saw fit to censor/limit due their "strong sexual nature":
- Death Scorpion
- Mau Sibau
It does make one wonder what level of sauciness a Death Scorpion could have reached through maximum rubbing. Monster Monpiece is currently scheduled for a PSN release later this Spring. No physical retail release is currently planned for the title, so you won't be able to try and see if you get funny looks from everyone at the store when you ask for a copy in person. Check out more screens below, and try and keep your favored hand warm.
Moe Moe US Trailer - YouTube