Well despite the numerous and laughable delays to Ubisoft’s South Park: The Stick of Truth it appears that one more joke must be played before this game is allowed to hit shelves on March the 7th 2014. South Park: The Stick of Truth will be censored across Europe, including the UK. According to BT.Com, several scenes were removed from the game.
These scenes accumulate to less than 2 minutes worth of game play but have managed to stir up a fuss across the internet. Five of these scenes contain anal probing and a further two scenes involve either the player performing an abortion or having an abortion performed on them.
South Park was never for the faint hearted but it comes as no surprise that, especially the abortion scenes, were removed. PEGI (the European governing body that selects the age rating for a game) rated the game an 18 due to its “extreme violence, graphic sexual activity showing genitalia, sexual violence, [and] strong language,” but never once did PEGI mention that they personally needed the game to be censored for it to even see daylight. Surprisingly it was Ubisoft themselves who censored the game.
According to Ubisoft “Each censored scene is replaced by an image background and a description text selected by South Park creators Matt Stone]& Trey Parker.” Whether this was forcibly agreed remains unknown but I’m sure many will agree (except seasoned South Park fans) that this is perhaps in good taste that the scenes were removed. We are still awaiting whether the North American version will be censored but apparently the PC version will remain untouched.
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