Ubisoft have announced that South Park: The Fractured But Whole will not be censored or cut in anyway in Australia.
The game has received an R18+ and Ubisoft have stated that players will be able to play the “completely uncut and uncensored” version of the game. Ubisoft’s previous South Park title, the Stick Of Truth was censored in Europe due to scenes of “anal-probing and abortion”. During these scenes a placeholder screen was used of a statue ‘face palming’ along with text describing the scene. The same happened in Australia but instead of a statue, an image of a crying koala bear was used.
Reported by Gamespot, South Park co-creator Matt Stone stated in 2014 that “The Stick of Truth’s censorship felt like a double standard.” and that “We weren’t willing to change the content, but also it doesn’t ruin the game–it’s like 40 seconds’ worth of the whole game. As long as we could make a joke out of the fact that they made us cut this, that was fine,”
Stone went onto say that the way the games are an interactive means some players may become uncomfortable with the edgier content, compared to a linear medium such as TV. Stone claimed that what was cut from The Stick Of Truth would have aired on TV with no problem.
Stone stated that “In movies and television you can do stuff that’s morally grey very easily, because you get to show consequences, you get to show reward, but in a video game there’s a reason why everything is a Nazi, zombie, or alien–these are pretty clear moral choices,”
There has been no mention if The Fractured But Whole will be censored in Europe, we will update this article as soon as an announcement is made.