Bear in mind that this is a very slight censorship.

As confirmed at the European PlayStation Blog , Quantic Dream's highly anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls has been "briefly censored" in Europe.

Sony representative Ross Alexander confirmed in the comments section that "two cuts have been made to the European version" so the game could be sold with the PEGI 16 rating. But really, this only involves about 5-10 seconds of gameplay that has been edited. Sony wanted the PEGI 16 rating to make the game available "to as many people as possible," so the light cutting had to be done. But as Alexander added:

"I can assure you that this does not affect the game’s story at all, and that if you didn’t know these scenes had been amended, you wouldn’t even notice."

Oh, but I'm sure some people will still freak out. It's interesting, however, to note the small differences between the ESRB in the US, with a rating of "M-Mature, 17+" and the European PEGI scale, which only goes to 16 years of age. Maybe that one year difference is the reason for the altering of that 5-10 seconds. Anyway, Beyond should be beyond awesomeness.

Related Game(s): Beyond: Two Souls

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Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

Probably boobies or something.

this game can be played with one finger on a touch screen (snickers)

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

how about two fingers?

Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

according to Cage only one is needed to play the game in it's entirety for a touch screen.

Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

and I wonder how Cage feels about this. He didn't go with MS with Heavy Rain because of censorship reasons. I wonder now if Cage will just go multiplat for the next-gen..

___________
___________
7 years ago

eeeeerrrrr……. thats not a finger.

cage dident go with M$ because they were concerned about the child kidnapping theme of heavy rain.
totally different censorship to this.

I007spectre
I007spectre
7 years ago

I remember Indego Prophecy being censored in the US.

Jalex
Jalex
7 years ago

If it's anything like the cut in 'Fahrenheit', I doubt it's important. I'm not for censorship or anything, but I don't recall the last time anything essential was cut out of a game for censorship reasons.

bldudas1
bldudas1
7 years ago

It's not like they cut out whole chunks of story. And if someone insists this is somehow horrible, they can always import.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
7 years ago

I still don't understand our rating system. Previously we had the BBFC rating for all out games. Now we have PEGI and the BBFC so a game that can be a PEGI rating of 18+ and also have a BBFC rating of 15+.

As for the cut 10 seconds… still want to know what it is…

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Digital bewbs! I know it's not a big deal but I don't like this slope, every R rated movie franchise that cuts to get PG13 turns into crap.

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
7 years ago

Mayby nudity?

Dukemz_UK
Dukemz_UK
7 years ago

America cuts nudity. Europe usually cuts grotesque violence.
It's great to see the usual level-headed responses on this site. You should see some of the over-reaction in the comments sections elsewhere on the net.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Normally I'd agree but since it's for the express purpose of lowering the rating it makes me wonder, I don't recall much grotesquery in other QD games but plenty of sexuality.

Beamboom
Beamboom
7 years ago

I read somewhere else that content were cut for both markets, but for different reasons. In the US it was censored for erotic content, while in Europe it was some scenes of violence that were cut to qualify for the 16yr age level.


Last edited by Beamboom on 10/1/2013 1:40:01 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

that's penile, they should have an unrated version.

Beamboom
Beamboom
7 years ago

If it's just for a few seconds worth of cut scenes then I doubt it would be worth it. But yeah, it's annoying just to be aware of.

But it's interesting to notice the differences of the markets. Americans and violence do seem to go hand in hand. ūüôĀ

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

It's how we deal with everything. Not sure what to do? Kill it!

Gabriel013
Gabriel013
7 years ago

The way things seem to be going in the UK I wouldn't be surprised to see a slow creep in what what is now censored from the different age rating restrictions.

The sooner more reasoned minds start taking positions of political power the better.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
7 years ago

5-10 seconds? I'm curious, but it's not going to deter me. I wonder if this affects the Aussie version, considering it's been rated R18+…

PC_Max
PC_Max
7 years ago

5 to 10 seconds? ITs gotta be either a brutal violence scene or as Spock once said … "colourful metaphors". But Europe pretty much has both compared to North America. Got my interest… for about 5 to 10 seconds.

Keep playing!

Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

btw, I'm downloading the Beyond Two Souls demo from US PSN right now. I notice it has a Mature rating.

Here's hoping for some sweet graphics.
It'll be a good 'here's Heavy Rain WITHOUT the aid of significant Cell processor implementation and here's Beyond WITH the aid of significant Cell processor implementation.'

(wishes I had one finger touchscreen =p )


Last edited by Temjin001 on 10/1/2013 4:09:00 PM

Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

oh, and World. The Girl Fight demo is final up on PSN as well =p


Last edited by Temjin001 on 10/1/2013 4:13:54 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Hmm, whassat?

edit: awesome


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 10/1/2013 4:21:46 PM

Temjin001
Temjin001
7 years ago

Finished the demo. It's cool stuff. I'm more liking to the Xmen-paranormal story than the child kidnapping stuff of HR so that's a plus. I hope it allows for foreign language so my home doesn't have to hear the F-bomb dropped every minute.
But while it's a strong production ultimately this sort of thing is being marketed to an audience of gamers. I feel pretty dang sure it's going to get slammed in a few ways, namely control wise and game play wise, by some for being so un-gamer vested. Sure we like to believe gamers are becoming more interested in interactive movies and all but when 99.9% of this culture is straight up games, games with plots. I feel this example of being neither here nor there is going to hold it back in some regard both critically and sales wise. Oh well. Let's hope I'm wrong =)


Last edited by Temjin001 on 10/1/2013 5:51:55 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

I just finished it too, that was the greatest most intense thing ever!


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 10/1/2013 6:15:26 PM

PlatformGamerNZ
PlatformGamerNZ
7 years ago

yeah probably i mean standards ae a bit different in different contries so it's too be expected but yeah it shouldn't matter too much

happy gaming =)

___________
___________
7 years ago

oh great its TLOU all over again!
sigh, oh well at least $ony had the decency to tell everyone this time.
though they kinda dont have a choice after the blowout that caused.

in all honesty though, whys this being censored?
so the gore and violence is worse than GOW3s ok im going to rip your head off with my bare hands in slow motion extreme closeup with copious amounts of blood, gore, and hanging tendons?
or worse than GTAVs torture scene?
seriously?
i find that VERY hard to believe!
christ, and here i was thinking that this BS was finally behind us that we got a R18 rating.
now were the ones being held back by the rest of the world.
FU*K!

ricksterj
ricksterj
7 years ago

Censorship in EU yet untouched here (N. America) a (welcome) about face.