Shinji Mikami's The Evil Within censored in Japan
Shinji Mikami's new horror title The Evil within is to be censored in Japan in order to reach as big an audience as possible.
The Evil Within has been cut so that it can receive a CERO D (ages 17 and over) rating in Japan rather than the maximum rating of CERO Z (18 and over).
ZeniMax Asia GM Tetsu Takahashi explained, “If we were to make it the same way as the foreign version, it’d be rated CERO Z [18 and up] and we felt that it’d be best to release it the way the creators make it. However, that would limit the sales and advertising, so we’d lose the opportunity to reach out to as many customers possible.”
Japanese gamers who want the full experience will be able to get it via a pack of DLC though. The Gore Mode DLC will not be on-disc DLC though. It will require a proper download.
“Speaking with Mikami [Shinji] about how having The Evil Within be rated CERO D won’t have an effect on the game itself,” Takahashi added, “it has become possible to make it that way. Again, this new game is also getting a vast amount of pre-orders, so that also strengthened our resolve.”
The Evil Within is due out at the end of October on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.