South Park The Stick of Truth will be censored in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Seven scenes are affected by this decision which makes some fan outraged.
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Update: The censorship affects the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version, the PC version of The Stick of Truth remains intact so far.
South Park is South Park, why does it have to be censored? It’s like getting a new toy that was already unpacked and the best parts of it was removed. Well, some scene might be too much, but removing those removes the meaning of South Park game.
The scenes containing abortion and anal probing were replaced with an on-screen text that describes what’s going on behind the censorship. Not really satisfactory as fans want to be able to play the whole game.
The following scenes faced censorship
- A mini-game where the player is performing an abortion on the character Randy.
- A mini-game where a doctor is performing an abortion on the player.
- Five “anal probing” scenes in which characters are actively being probed.
Similar changes were made to the Australian version of the game. PEGI, the pan-European game ratings organisation gave South Park The Stick of Truth rating of 18, meaning it can be sold to everyone aged 18 and above. The organisation does not censor games, though they have no authority in Germany. That might be the exact reason for the censorship as Ubisoft is hoping to release the game in Germany which has stricter guidelines on video games content.
Ubisoft representative stated that censorship was a marketing decision. Fans started cancelling preorders all around Europe so this might not have been a good marketing strategy. While I can see why these scenes could upset some people, there was no need to cut the soul out of South Park. The only worse thing that can happen is for the game to be called sexist as there are no playable female characters.
Those who like South Park are highly affected by the censorship and those who don’t like it should find another title instead of trying to spoil a good game. Will the Achievements List be affected by the censorship?
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