We didn't censor South Park: The Stick Of Truth says PEGI's UK advisors
The UK body that advises on PEGI games ratings in the UK, the Video Standards Council, has stated that they did not request any cuts for South Park: The Stick Of Truth to receive a PEGI 18 rating.
The information bundled with review copies of the game has stated that it has had a total of seven scenes, each about 20 seconds long, cut from the European version of the game. It's also worth noting that this version is also sold in the Middle East and Asia. Five of the scenes cut featured anal probing of characters while the remaining two involved abortions being carried out on the player and on Stan's father Randy.
The Video Standards rep explained to VG247 today, “The game was assessed by us and deemed acceptable for a PEGI 18 rating. For some games released in the UK, we are obliged to consider UK legislation as it currently affects video games (the Video Recordings Act 2010.) This consideration applies to games which are likely to attain a PEGI 12, 16 or 18 rating and which may contain potentially harmful or illegal material. As there was no such issue with the game, it was duly given its PEGI 18.”
“Let me emphasise that we did not censor or edit the game in any shape or form,” they stressed. “PEGI does not have the ability to censor video games, nor has it ever done so. It is highly likely that only the developer themselves would intervene to make any changes.”
The added, “As far as Ubisoft is concerned, all we know is that at some point a decision was made to change the game content for their own marketing reasons. Those reasons are not something that we are privy too, so we are not able to give you any further details.”
We always knew it was going to be edgy but given that the European version is released in Germany which is notoriously strict on game content and the Middle East it's not surprising that some content has been cut here.
South Park: The Stick Of Truth is due out in the UK and Europe on March the 7th on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. It arrives in North America a few days earlier on March 4th.
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