It’s also been renamed for its Steam launch.
Massage Freaks, the raunchy rthythm game from publisher qureate, has been quietly released on Steam. Not only that, but it’s also received a complete name change and is now called ‘beat refle‘, which sounds like a bit of a play on the term ‘Reflexology’. It’s certainly a more “neutral” title, that’s for sure.
The release follows a storm of controversy following the initial reveal of Massage Freaks. Its depiction of women and the scenarios in which they find themselves caused many to draw comparisons to real-life sex crimes in Japan. In addition, the forenames of the in-game characters were identical to some of the members of Japanese idol group ‘Hinatazaka46‘ before qureate swifly made moves to alter them. Indeed, the Steam page for beat refle contains a few choice statements to potentially avoid any future controversy:
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