Ubisoft has reportedly removed a number of scenes from the European version of South Park: The Stick Of Truth due to potentially offensive content.
BT Games reports that documentation provided to it by Ubisoft confirms the removal of seven scenes, each lasting roughly 20 seconds.
"Seven scenes of about 20 seconds each are censored in the EMEA [Europe, Middle East and Africa] console versions of South Park: The Stick of Truth," the statement reads. "The decision to cut this content from the game was made by Ubisoft EMEA."
The scenes removed consist of a mini-game where a doctor is performing an abortion on the player, another mini-game in which the doctor performs an abortion on Stan's dad Randy, and five separate scenes in which characters are 'actively' probed.
The Australian version of the game has also been censored, Ubisoft confirmed last year. In that version, during certain scenes the player is shown text explaining what is happening, accompanied by a picture of a crying koala bear with the word 'censored'.
When the Australian cuts were confirmed last December, a Ubisoft spokesperson stated: "No full sequences have been removed from the game, only small sections amounting to less than five minutes of game play. These modifications in no way detract from the narrative of the game, meaning the player will still enjoy an authentic South Park experience."
South Park: The Stick Of Truth arrives on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on March 4 in North America, March 6 in Australia and March 7 in Europe.