The Evil Within - Horror Game is Censored in Japan
In order to appeal to certain youth protection regulations or fueled by financial motives of distributors, games get censored. This time, Japan is affected. Bethesda's new survival horror game The Evil Within will hit the shelves in a censored version. Since the distributor wanted the "Cero D" rating for the game (equivalent to "suitable for ages 17 and higher"), alterations were applied that lowered the level of violence. Unaltered, the game would have received the "Cero Z" rating (equivalent to "18 years and over") which would have limited the advertisement possibilities for the game.
Still, Japanese players will be able to circumvent the censorship. A "Gore Mode DLC" will be released by the developers and will patch the game's violence level back up, making it identical to the international version. In the past, something like this wasn't possible in Japan because tricks like these required that the game had to be rated "Z" either way. But the rules changed and this loophole allows it now. Everyone who pre-orders the game in Japan, will get the DLC for free.
The Evil Within has its US release date on October 21st, 2014, both on consoles and PC. You can order it at Amazon.com.