Here's what we'll see in place of South Park: The Stick of Truth's censored scenes | PCGamesN

Here's what we'll see in place of South Park: The Stick of Truth's censored scenes

Not for European eyes, this.

South Park: The Stick of Truth is finally released; here's our glowing South Park: The Stick of Truth review.

South Park: The Stick of Truth will be censored in Europe - which, given the glee South Park and its fans have always found in the offense of others, is about as close to perfect promo as Ubisoft could ask for.

Thing is: European ratings body PEGI didn’t need to waggle any threatening banhammers to prompt the edits. Rather, Ubisoft’s European division made the decision to expunge The Stick of Truth of some of its more extreme cutscenes themselves.

In their place, they’d like us to watch carefully-crafted stills at selected points during the course of the game. Here’s one of them.

It’s an oddly topical image: an downtrodden avatar of European culture and history, weeping in front of an EU flag.

The descriptive tone lends the screen a distinctive text adventure vibe missing from most of South Park’s AAA contemporaries - so that’s nice, I suppose.

Ubisoft scrubbed swastikas from the game for Germany, in accordance with the country’s laws on Nazi iconography. Across Europe, however, they’ve also removed scenes featuring anal probing and abortion. Which is odd - only Australia has taken a hardline stance against anal probing in games. In the UK, I think we’re mostly down with it.

“The game was assessed by us and deemed acceptable for a PEGI 18 rating,” said a PEGI ratings board rep the other day.

“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.”

Keyword: marketing. Do you think the censored scenes will help or hurt Stick of Truth’s sales?

Thanks, Xbox Achievements.

Sign in to Commentlogin to comment
Gwathdring avatarEpileptic Fish avatar
Gwathdring Avatar
4 Years ago

I don't think it will make much difference, honestly. Plenty of people who have no interest in banning is simply don't find South Park's style of escalation humor very funny and/or find it overly offensive or vulgar for their personal tastes. Those people won't be buying the game, censored or not.

Really, the censoring is only going to improve the appeal of the game to brick-and-mortar shops that wouldn't want to carry it otherwise but don't think too hard about this sort of thing. It'll give fans something to whine about and the devs something to (as seen above) act superior and political over despite no political agency seeming to have tried to invoke the censorship.

It might help sales, it might succeed in drumming up some unobservant controversy, it might do both--hopefully it's transparent and bizarre enough that it will just be a non-issue and/or cause people to be annoyed at Ubisoft.

Epileptic Fish Avatar
Epileptic Fish(12 hours played)
4 Years ago

honestly, i find the censored version funnier. "hey Europe we aren't going to show you the anal probing scene. instead we are going to graphically describe it to you while proudly displaying an EU flag"