When South Park: The Stick of Truth launches in Europe on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it will arrive roughly 140 seconds shorter than the version of the game seen in North America.
Thanks to a leaked European reviewer’s guide, it appears that Ubisoft was forced to censor seven separate 20 second scenes in the game in order to pass through the ratings board.
Here is, verbatim, that section of the guide.
EMEA Censored Content Details
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.
These scenes include:
- A mini-game in which the doctor is performing an abortion on the player
- A mini-game in whichthe [sic] player is performing an abortion on the character Randy
- Five anal probing scenes involving someone actively being probed. The scenes play out as normal before and after the active probing sequences
Each censored scene is replaced by an image background and a description text selected by Matt & Trey.
Hopefully, the censored scenes’ “description text” from Matt and Trey will be more hilarious than the content that was cut.
Based on the wording of the guide, it seems that the PC version of the game will arrive without any censorship.
It seems odd to me that this stuff needed to be removed. It’s all ridiculous, offensive and extremely silly; but, that’s South Park. I see nothing here that I wouldn’t expect to see on the TV show. That’s not indicative of how “right” or “wrong” the content is, just that it all seems very much par for the course that Matt Parker and Trey Stone have created.
Do you think this content is rightfully being censored? Or, what you rather Ubisoft elected to keep the game the same for all regions?