EU Version of Beyond: Two Souls has Two Scenes Amended to Avoid 18 Rating, Apparently “Minor”
Following the bit of fallout Sony received when it was discovered how parts of The Last of Us were censored in Europe, Ross Alexander, Product Manager at SCEE, took to the PS Blog comments section to let people know of a slight revision to Beyond: Two Souls before it releases next week:
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.
If you’d like to play Beyond: Two Souls this week, a demo will be available on Tuesday in North America with the PlayStation Store update, while Europe gets it on Wednesday. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to download the full game on launch day as Sony confirmed it’s retail only as of now.
What do you think was changed? Let us know in the comments below.