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Probe Bono Publico: South Park Censored, But Not On PC

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Edit: According to Get Games, Ubisoft have comfirmed that the PC version will be censored in Germany, Austria, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong & Taiwan. Elsewhere, it will be unaffected.

South Park is a series known for its ability to get away with quite a lot, but not everything. Add South Park: The Stick of Truth to the raucously raunchy series' short list of consolations, as it's had a few scenes nipped and tucked in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. You might feel inclined to curse up a storm, make a steaming pile of poop jokes, and then somehow come around to making a worthwhile point in response, but take a deep breath: the PC version is unaffected.

According to BT.com, censored scenes in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions include:

  • A mini-game in which the doctor is performing an abortion on the player.
  • A mini-game in which the player is performing an abortion on the character Randy.
  • Five anal probing scenes involving someone actively being probed. The scenes play out as normal before and after the active probing sequences.

Ubisoft is calling it "a market decision," which probably means Germany. It often means Germany. The game's got a PEGI-18 rating elsewhere, but Germany plays by its own set of rules.

Apparently, however, PC is safe and sound from the long, tastefully mosaic-ed arm of the law. So that's good news, although Trey Parker and Matt Stone got to replace the console versions' censored imagery with their own descriptions and choice of related or unrelated imagery. Constraints sometimes breed creativity, and apparently that's resulted in crying koalas for the similarly censored Australian version.

Not really much else to say given that I've yet to play the game. South Park isn't exactly known for restraint, though, so I'm sure we're in for at least one or two scenes of rampant grotesquery. Maybe it'll be pointlessly putrid (definitely wouldn't be the first time for South Park), or maybe there'll be something to it. It'll be out next week, so we shall see very, very soon. For now, though, you can watch the game's slow yet silly intro section here.

Thanks to StranaMente for the Get Games update.

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