Post by Eorl @ 10:20am 18/12/13 | 43 Comments
While we thought that the war had been won when it came to R18+ ratings for video games in Australia, with many believing that our games in Down Under wouldn't suffer being censored unless it was something truly controversial, it seems that is sadly not the case.
The latest victim to fall under the content cutting knife is Ubisoft's South Park: The Stick of Truth, with Player Attack reporting that Australian gamers will be receiving an R18+ rated game, albeit censored, come March next year. Ubisoft hasn't confirmed what exactly it cut, though it has been revealed that the game went through two successful ratings, both R18+.
According to the Australian Classification Board, the game had been rated three weeks earlier under the name "Codename", complete with the same "High impact crude humour, sex scenes and references to sexual violence" description given to the official South Park rating review. Interestingly, Player Attack reports that both versions of the game refer to "modified" content, though Ubisoft has again not said anything on the matter.
According to the ESRB, the North American version of our Classification Board, US gamers will be receiving the "uncut" version, complete with what they describe as "several instances of mature humor and sexual material: one extended sequence depicts characters getting anally probed by alien creatures." You can check out the full colourful reading of their description here.
South Park: The Stick of Truth will be available come March 6th for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.