Strewth! The sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth, A Fractured But Whole will remain uncensored in Australia.
The original outraged the classification board, which in turn caused developers Obsidian to replace certain game scenes with text descriptions of what was occurring. Don’t look into the koala’s eyes too long, as they bury deep into your soul, but this is what Australians saw during a certain probe scene:
The original was also censored in European regions with the game proving itself offensive to even the hardened PEGI board (they didn’t ban Manhunt after all, in 2004). The censorship was a “diet” censorship of sorts as we still had the pleasure of dodging swinging balls during a ridiculous sex scene and an Innerspace-inspired journey inside Mr Slave.
Australia choosing to not censor the game could lead some to believe that Ubisoft requested the sequel to be toned down. That is definitely not the case and here’s why:
- The lead character’s superhero name is a racial slur.
- I’ve played it.
At E3 this year, I went hands on with the game and can confirm that there are scenes just as offensive as in The Stick of Truth. Is this a sign of Australia’s usually strict Classification board wilting? Or maybe they just had a problem with the anal probing? Personally, I’m going to go with the latter as South Park: The Fractured But Whole has still received an 18+ certificate.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this October.