Why has the South Park: Stick of Truth game been censored in Europe?

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Why has the South Park: Stick of Truth game been censored in Europe?

Postby Blín D'ñero » 10 Mar 2014, 23:01

Several scenes have been cut from the forthcoming game – even though it has an 18 certificate

South Park: The Stick of Truth is a great game – that’s certainly something most reviewers have agreed on. Developed by veteran studio Obsidian Entertainment, responsible for a range of successful adventure titles, and written by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, it is easily the most faithful tie-in with the scurrilous animated series. But the fact that several scenes have been censored in Europe – apparently by the title’s own publisher Ubisoft – has had fans in uproar. In a game that boasts the CircumSythe as a special move

Six 20 second scenes have been removed from the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions, including an alien probe and two abortion sequences. The only comment the company’s spokespeople are willing (or able) to give is that this was a ”market decision made by Ubisoft EMEA” – which isn’t particularly enlightening, especially when the PC version is apparently to be released uncut (at least in most of Europe – it‘s likely the German version will remain censored). When querying the reason, we were pointed in the direction of the Ubisoft and Obsidian forums, but these only had a series of posts from enraged fans, with no further engagement from either company.

Read full article @ theguardian

Although it is sold as 18+ Rated game, this is what Ubisoft has to say (here):
Mr_Shade wrote:[18+ only] New details on altered scenes for EMEA console versions of South Park: SoT

Dear fellow South Park fans - As you might know we’ve made the decision to remove very short portions of the game in the European console version of South Park: The Stick of Truth. But, rest assured, you won’t be missing out as in-game texts will provide a very precise & accurate description of the replaced scenes.

Here is an example of such a description – enjoy
[Warning the following content is seriously PEGI 18 - Do not click on the “Show” Button if you’re less than 18 years old]

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