The Japanese love simulator Be My Princess just got a re-release. The game now looks different. Very, very different.
Be My Princess, which is for Android and iOS, brands itself as a “royal romance”. Here’s the title’s description:
You, a normal university student, have an unexpected encounter with a prince on a street corner. He invites you to a party where you meet the princes of six nations. You soon find you are on intimate terms…
A future king, carrying the fate of his country, and you. What will be the fate of your love?
When the game first launched in the West, it had the original Japanese game graphics. The Be My Princess bucks looked like the ones you’d traditionally find in Japanese love simulators or boys’ love games — slim, delicate and handsome.
Since Be My Princess was relaunched, it was scrubbed of all its anime-style hunks in favour of more photo realistic studs. The story and the background music were not changed. The Japanese version, however, kept the anime men.