Beyond: Two Souls - Different Cuts for EU and US
A few days ago, the news hit German game fans that the last big and exclusive PS3 title Beyond: Two Souls is most likely censored. But now, more info surfaced that tells that not only Germany, but all of Europe is affected by alterations.
Ross Alexander, Sony's European product manager confirmed in the official PlayStation blog that two small scenes were toned down in the EU version of the game in order to achieve a lower PEGI rating and reach a broader audience. The uncensored game would have gotten the PEGI 18 classification.
Furthermore, Ross Alexander states that these alterations would sum up to 5-10 seconds of the game experience and that said scenes were not removed but only made more harmless. Otherwise, the story hasn't been touched and gamers wouldn't recognize it if they didn't know what to look for.
So, is grabbing the US version the solution like it was in the case of The Last of Us? Not this time, unfortunately. As the German game shop Spielegrotte announces, the US version of Beyond: Two Souls isn't entirely uncensored either. However, the changes are not the same as in the EU version. Spielegrotte speaks of minimal censorship in terms of the depiction of erotic elements.
That wouldn't be too far-fetched since we discovered a similar case with another game by developer Quantic Dream earlier. The US version of Indigo Prophecy (aka Fahrenheit) was censored in erotic scenes, as well (see comparison).
In summary, it looks like there's no totally uncensored version of Beyond out there at the moment. Gamers seem to have to choose between either toned down violence or erotic.
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