South Park: The Stick of Truth Censored in Europe
At least, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions are.
Ubisoft has confirmed the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of South Park: The Stick of Truth have been censored in Europe.
The news comes courtesy of a note sent to press alongside review copies of the game, and apparently pertains to seven scenes of around 20 seconds each.
The decision for the change was made by Ubisoft EMEA, and will affect the console versions of the game in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The censored scenes include a mini-game in which a doctor is performing an abortion on the player, another mini-game in which the player performs an abortion on Randy, and five anal probing scenes involving someone being actively probed. The scenes will apparently play out as normal before and after the probing, and each censored scene is "replaced by an image background and a description text selected by [South Park creators] Matt and Trey," according to Ubisoft.
The game has been rated as 18 by PEGI, the pan-European game ratings organisation. It's worth noting that the body doesn't censor games, and rather this decision appears to be made by Ubisoft alone.
South Park: The Stick of Truth has also encountered issues with censorship in Australia, when anal probing issues prevented the game from getting a rating.
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