In early September 2014 Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) revealed that a new demo experience for its Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4 named Summer Lesson. Announced at the company’s pre-Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2014 press conference, the demo was developed by Katsuhiro Harada of Tekken fame and was set in the dorm room of a young Japanese school girl, whom players could interact with. The demo was originally meant to be on display at TGS itself this week from 18th – 21st September, but SCE has recently confirmed that will no longer be the case.
The company announced that it would not be showing Summer Lesson anymore via its TGS 2014 website. It reasoned that it might not be able to cope with demand for the demo at the its show floor booth, although Project Morpheus itself will will be shown. Summer Lesson has come under fire since its reveal with claims of sexism, as players could seemingly take the chance to glare at the school girl as she was placed in provocative positions. SCE didn’t reference these complaints in its cancellation announcement.
SCE did however state that is was looking into revealing Summer Lesson at another time and venue, though didn’t confirm any dates or further details for now. VRFocus will continue to follow Summer Lesson’s progress, reporting back with any updates on its future.