Beyond: Two Souls slightly censored in Europe
posted on 10.01.13 at 08:12 AM EDT by (@salromano)
U.S. version might be slightly cut in "erotic scenes."

Beyond: Two Souls will be slightly censored in Europe to avoid a PEGI 18 rating, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe product manager Ross Alexander has said.

“For Beyond we wanted to make the game available to as many people as possible, hence applying for a PEGI 16 rating,” Alexander said on the PlayStation Blog. “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.”

Meanwhile, it appears the game might be censored in the U.S., as well. According to German retailer Spielegrotte, it is “two scenes” that will be slightly cut in the European version, and the U.S. version is reported to be slightly cut in “erotic scenes.”

Thanks, NeoGAF.

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  • Jesse

    To other commenters, don’t start the anti-censorship craziness over a few seconds please.

    • McPoo

      Dey tuk err berbs!

  • Azuardo


  • Raiu

    It’s not that big of a deal to go crazy about, to be honest…..

    People speculated that what the european version Could have be edited is the scene where Jodie impales a guy’s throat with a pipe…. Personally, I’m thankful for that…

    Edit: Corrected…

    • Budgiecat

      What’s the U.S. version cut in terms of erotic scenes? Ass n’ titties? Ass n’ titties? Ass, ass, ass, ass, ass n’ tities?

      • Raiu

        Probably…. Yeah…

        • Budgiecat

          Aw man…… : (

      • Rogerrmark

        Yeah,pretty much everything everybody see on the internet/media,voluntary or not,on daily basis.

  • Alkhan

    I never saw the point in devs forcing sex scenes into their games. They’re always corny and distasteful and they add absolutely nothing to the game but controversy.

    If you’re relying on controversy to sell a game then it probably isn’t that good.
    Pretty much everyone who played it at e3 say it had horrible controls.

    I was actually excited for this game when it was first shown at e3 2012 but now I’ll just get a used copy somewhere down the road.

    • Budgiecat

      GTA V is nothing but controversial as was “No Russian” stage in CoD MW2…..

  • Tenshiken

    What’s wrong with a PEGI 18? Isn’t that just like an M rating in the US?

    • Azuardo

      Well a lower rating means it’s more likely for younger people to then pick the game up since the number of 16-and-over people is larger than the number of 18-and-over people. However, look at 18+ games like GTAV and Tomb Raider, which sold loads (sod what Square Enix said; TR sold damn well). If your game’s good, it’ll sell, regardless of age certificate, so I’d prefer games to not cut content to try and meet certain age brackets. But I can see their point at the same time.

      • Raiu

        The ratings are pointless when parents are giving whatever their kids want nowadays…

        • Azuardo

          Indeed. And that’s been the case for 20 years. If anything, I think a game being 18+ could even benefit more in some instances. Again, the quality of the game will determine how well it does, but I think there’s a case that people would be more inclined to pick up an 18+ game than a 16+ one if they see it on a shelf.

          • Raiu

            If they do see it on shelf….

            If my kid wanted it, I wanna be sure that he is matured enough to handle it before I hand it to him… You know, not whining like that kid in the youtube video I showed you…

            • Azuardo

              Oh, of course lol. I’m not really against people playing games they aren’t as old as it suggests on the box (I would be a hypocrite, since I grew up playing games I wasn’t apparently old enough for). But yeah, so long as the kid’s not a spoilt immature brat, it’s usually alright.

        • DrForbidden

          Somehow, I doubt Beyond will be high up on the average teenage male gamer’s list, what with it being a story-and plot-directed game that places heavy emphasis on the acting and stars a female protagonist…

  • FemmeFox

    I don’t get why the scenes would have existed to start with. Cage knows the gaming sector well enough to know what would be acceptable in ratings and what rating he would have preferred to aim for, so why bother wasting time on them in the first place?

    • HeatPhoenix

      Because he thinks he’s a movie director

  • Elvick

    So… no one gets the game he created then? :|

    If it’s edited in some ways everywhere, then… why are these scenes even in the game? That means no one gets the complete game he was aiming to make.

    • abysswalker

      I guess not… unless they go the same route Heavy Rain did and we see a Director’s Cut Version a year later (which I think it’s going to happen, I’d even bet that it will be on next gen).

      I understand that erotic scenes in the game are certainly not going to change the story but damn, now that I know it’s going to get cut I’ll always feel that I got an “incomplete” version of the game.

      I guess it’s more of a personal fixation but it still bugs me, with everything: movies, anime, games, etc.

      • Azuardo

        I agree. I hate knowing that we get cut versions. Like The Last of Us’ multiplayer was censored in Europe to meet Australian guidelines, for example. Even when they’re minor things, it’s very frustrating.

        • DarthNemesis

          Well its the countries fault not the developer.

          • Azuardo

            Yeah, I’m really not sure what on earth the difference should be between a 16+ and an 18+ rating. I wish we had the Netherlands’ approach, where they don’t even have 18+; 16+ is the highest rating in that country.

    • DarthNemesis

      They get the complete game. All that matters is the story and game play. Nudity is not needed fr the complete experience.

      • DrForbidden

        Not really. Those censored scenes probably took weeks or months to make. The studio wouldn’t have invested the time into that if it was not intended to be part of the director’s vision. The director didn’t cut it out because he thought it was unnecessary or superfluous. He cut it out because he wanted to meet lower ratings in some countries. Therefore, it’s a form of self-censorship, and the cut product is most definitely what the director envisioned originally as being his ‘full product’.

        It probably wouldn’t make much difference story-wise and aesthetic-wise, and I don’t think it’s a huge deal, but in a strict sense, the cut versions are certainly not the ‘full and complete versions’ he envisioned.

  • Zackasaur

    “Erotic scenes” has me a bit worried, because that stuff tends to be bullshit pseudo-porn thrown into games and films these days. But, hey, maybe it will be meaningful and break the trend.

    Either way, I’ve got my pre-order.

    • DesmaX

      If Heavy Rain is anything to go by…

      • Zackasaur


  • ragingmerifes

    That’s weird, considering how GTA V fared, and how the other games from Quantic Dream also had nudity.

  • RSene

    After seeing that non sense sex scene in that fantastic awesome game called Heavy Rain, I wonder if David Cage has more a politica idelogical identity with sex than anything else…

    I mean, by thinking in a man that’s desperately in search for his lost son (for the second time!), chased by the police, with his son being kidnaped by a serial killer, with he completely devastated and exausted by the trials he’s passing (damn, even a finger he had to cut out by himself!) to think in sex in that moment of the game… makes no sense..

    • DarthNemesis

      It makes perfect sense. He was in a moment of weakness and needed comfort. He gave into that weakness of being vulnerable.

  • Charlie

    What a shame.

  • artemisthemp

    I am not sad about losing erotic scene, but a part of me kinda wanna see, what they cut out

  • Hidayat246

    4-10 seconds maybe wil be released into PSN just like heavy rain cut contens