We Got A Censored Version Of One Of This Year’s Best Games
Do you own a PS3? Have you played the latest IP from all-star developers Naughty Dog, The Last of Us? Good, that’s what I thought; it’s pretty awesome right? Well, it might have been a bit more awesome it seems, as it has been confirmed that all territories aside from America received a censored version of The Last of Us.
Apparently this has been rumoured for a few weeks now, but I’ll be honest, this is the first of heard of it. Apparently this was all started by one curious user on the Naughty Dog forums, who began questioning the developer about the possibility that some of the content in the game’s multiplayer mode had been censored for European territories. Well, yesterday he finally got a solid response.
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Naughty Dog representative ‘EvangM’ replied to the post in full, stating the following:
“Sorry for the delay in responding, but we’ve been super busy. And we do read all of your and other fans’ messages, but there’s a lot of them! Anyway here we go:
1. The gore and violence ratings are subject to local regulatory boards in various countries, so the game must be slightly changed in order to accommodate those choices.
2. To be honest, I’m not sure what version Australia is getting. If you import the North/South American version, it will not be censored, but EU/UK will be.
By now you’re probably wondering what exactly got censored extremely quietly, but you’ll be glad to hear that it’s not anything that serious. And by that I mean none of the single-player campaign content was censored, with all the cuts taking place in multiplayer. Apparently blood spray has been significantly toned down and enemies cannot be dismembered, which is present in the American version of the game. So if you’re heavily invested in the multiplayer side of things, that’s what you’re missing.
Still though, it’s remarkable that we’re only hearing about this now. Now we know what gamers in Australia feel like, in a sense.