If You’re Wondering Who Censored South Park, It Wasn’t PEGI
I love it when an entity throws its metaphorical hands up and goes, “It wasn’t us!”
European ratings board PEGI has stated that it did not censor any of the scenes that were recently cut from the EU version of South Park: The Stick of Truth. In fact, they had actually passed the game uncut.
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“The game was assessed by us and deemed acceptable for a Pegi 18 rating,” explained a spokesperson. “For some games released in the UK, we are obliged to consider UK legislation as the Video Recordings Act 2010 currently affects video games. This consideration applies to games that are likely to attain a Pegi 12, 16 or 18 rating and which may contain potentially harmful or illegal materials. As there was no such issue with the game, it was duly given its Pegi 18 uncut.”
So who messed with our game?!
“Let me emphasise that we did not censor or edit the game in any shape or form,” added the spokesperson. “Some time later, the publisher made a decision to make alterations to the game which meant it had to be re-submitted to us as a different version. We are not privy to reasons why the game was edited and cannot, therefore, give you any other details. This version was subsequently rated 18 uncut also.”
Fuck–ing Ubisoft… of course, previous claims were that the entire thing was a marketing ploy and now that seems even more likely. But as to the real reason why Ubisoft decided it was okay to release games with cyber-espionage, and sex-murders, but not one in which gamers perform an abortion (really is this still a thing world?) and watch characters get anally probed, who knows what’s going on in their French-Canadian minds.
Poor Obsidian; they spent all that money on anal probe machine concept art.