South Park: The Stick of Truth

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The European version of South Park: The Stick of Truth has been censored, with seven scenes removed from the EMEA console release.

In documents received by BT (and independently obtained by VideoGamer.com), Ubisoft said that "7 scenes of about 20 seconds each are censored in the EMEA console versions of South Park: The Stick of Truth. The decision to cut this content from the game was made by Ubisoft EMEA."

The cut scenes include "a mini-game in which the doctor is performing an abortion on the player, a mini-game in which the player is performing an abortion on the character Randy, [and] five anal probing scenes involving someone actively being probed. The scenes play out as normal before and after the active probing sequences."

According to the publisher, "each censored scene is replaced by an image background and a description text selected by [South Park creators] Matt [Stone] & Trey [Parker]."

A Ubisoft representative later told VideoGamer.com that "the decision is a market decision made by Ubisoft EMEA".

The PC version remains unaffected. It is not known whether the scenes have also been cut from the North American console release.

South Park: The Stick of Truth was granted an 18 rating by European ratings board PEGI for its "extreme violence, graphic sexual activity showing genitalia, sexual violence, [and] strong language".

The game launches on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on March 7.

Source: home.bt.com, Ubisoft

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Nxs

No idea why all you people are bitchin! Don't you know that the governments always know and do what is best for us??? We are completely incapable of doing anything that is in our best interest and God knows we never do what is best for kids!!!

All games do is make people into unthinking violent zombies that repeat everything that comes across that picture box!

:D
Posted 17:04 on 25 February 2014
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Gazanator

Are you sure the PC version is unaffected? Only some sites are reporting this. I hope it is, since I'll be playing it on Steam. The idea of censoring an 18-rated game is still retarded, and this is South Park! You don't censor South Park! It's controversial/offensive by default! Very disappointed in you Ubisoft.
Posted 15:35 on 25 February 2014
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DragonGuard666

Boo Ubisoft! Boo!
Posted 15:31 on 25 February 2014
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altaranga

"South Park: The Stick of Truth censored in the UK"

The headline makes it sound like this is a UK only decision, whereas the censorship is actually across Europe (and probably Middle-East and Africa too). Anyone from, say, Ireland reading the title might not think the article applies to them.

It's a shame we're not told WHY the decision was made. I expect some countries threatened to ban the game or something along those lines, but I guess we'll never know.
Posted 15:14 on 25 February 2014
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JonBar

What the F**k?!

I'm 20 years old, and am perfectly capable of coping with graphic images.
South Park is always pushing boundaries and it's what the fans expect.
Why do publishers always feel they have a duty to "protect" the public? It's their choice if they buy it, and if the publisher is worried about parents' reactions: as it's rated 18 parents who are worried that their kids to be "harmed" by the game then they shouldn't buy it for them.

Also why is the PC version not affected if it's that bad? I have promptly changed my order from an Xbox copy to a PC copy.

So Ubisoft, to paraphrase Eric Cartman: Excuse my French, Mr Ubisoft, but you can suck my fat hairy balls.
Posted 15:11 on 25 February 2014
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BombaLuigi

Oh jesus christ god dammit. I really don't get it, tv Show that everybody can watch don't get censored at all but a Videogame were you can put a 18 Rating on so only 18 Year old can buy it (at lest in Theroy) you have to censor it.

I'm used to see my german neighbours doing that ***** all the Time, but it seems to be for the whole of Europe this Time.
But well, good to hear the PC Version will be unaffected. But I don't really trust that, I will wait and see if the Steam Version isn't cut. No Day 1 Buy though because of that.

Censoring South Park is just plain stupid. Its South Park for gods Sake.
Posted 14:49 on 25 February 2014
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Syme

Presumably importing is an option because American PS3 games work on a UK PS3, yes?

Reminds me of schoolyard bragging where someone claims their step-dad has copies of South Park from America where it's uncensored.
Posted 14:45 on 25 February 2014
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thegreatODEN

What the hell is the point of an 18+ rating?! This better not be censored here in the US. I'm a grown man, I think I can handle an abortion minigame.
Posted 14:40 on 25 February 2014

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Release Date: 07/03/2014
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: RPG
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 668
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