Twin Blades pulled from Marketplace due to “marketplace content policy”

twin_blades_2Microsoft has pulled the action horror Twin Blades from Marketplace.  The game, which was one of the launch titles, has apparently violated a “marketplace content policy”.  The removal, 4 months after launch, is all the more surprising as the game is an Xbox Live title, which means Microsoft would have been involved in its creation and certification.

Twin Blades: The Reaping Vanguard involves a bloody battle against zombies in a small town, and also tells the tale of a lesbian romance between two nuns (one of which dies during the course of the game).

Karl Stricker, Business Manager of Mobile Gaming at Xbox LIVE, did not explain which policy it violated, merely saying  “We had to remove it due to marketplace content policy” , promising “More detail on the Xbox forums to come.”

From there it appears the PSP version of the game received an “M” rating from the ESRB, making it unsuitable for Marketplace.

The ESRB said:

Content descriptors: Blood and Gore, Violence

Rating summary:

This is a side-scrolling action game in which players assume the role of Sister Angelika, a young nun tasked with defeating zombie hordes in her hometown. Players use scythes, machine guns, flamethrowers, and explosives to kill waves of oncoming zombies. Despite the game’s stylized and cartoonlike art style, the game displays exaggerated (although non-realistic) gory effects such as splashes of blood on the screen and ground. Fighting mostly consists of hack-and-slash combat, as zombies frequently get dismembered and decapitated; limbs and torsos fall to the ground before disappearing.

Current owners will be unaffected, but unfortunately, for those who’s interest has ben tweaked by the now illicit title, the game can no longer be downloaded from Marketplace.

Via Electronic Theatre

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