Recent Sony-published PS3 games such as God of War: Ascension and The Last of Us have been censored in PAL territories and Beyond: Two Souls will receive the same treatment according to a post on the PlayStation Blog.
Sony spokesman Ross Alexander confirmed that two scenes in the game have been “edited” in order to be in line with a PEGI 16 age rating. Responding to a fan’s query about possible censorship, he wrote:
“There are only two amends between the EU and US versions of the game, amounting to about 5-10 seconds of gameplay that’s not been removed, just edited slightly to be in line with a PEGI 16 rating.
“For BEYOND we wanted to make the game available to as many people as possible, hence applying for a PEGI 16 rating. The 5-10 seconds I mention above would have upped our rating to a PEGI 18, so it made perfect sense to make these two VERY minimal changes to get our planned 16 rating.
“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.”
It’s unclear at this point if we’ll ever see a ‘Director’s Cut’ version of Beyond: Two Souls released in Europe containing the original versions of these two edited scenes.
Beyond: Two Souls is out on October 8th in the US and October 11th in European territories – don’t miss El33tonline’s extensive coverage of the game for more screenshots, trailers and information.
Also be sure to read our recent preview of Beyond: Two Souls from gamescom to find out how Quantic Dream’s latest interactive adventure is shaping up.