In a recent update to the Kickstarter page for upcoming horror-survival-murder-demon game Agony, developer PlayWay has addressed issues surrounding censorship of the game on both console platforms and PC. Developers reveal that some censorship was required to ensure that the game could be released on consoles, but the PC players will be able to remove that censorship via an optional patch if they so desire.
The game features some pretty hardcore violence and NSFW imagery, so it’s no surprise that developers would have to compromise in order to achieve an M-rating rather than the dreaded death sentence that is an AO-rating. If Agony were to receive an Adults Only (AO) rating, then it would never see a console release–drastically hurting the game’s chances of profitability and exposure to a mainstream audience. Considering the game is set in Hell, there is meaning and importance to its grotesque imagery that needs to be present in the game.
In regards to the patch, PlayWay stated:
We also want to confirm that we are preparing a special, optional patch for PC that will remove the aforementioned “censorship”. We would love to do something similar for consoles but from a technical and legal point of view it is simply not possible.
With that in mind, we decided that backers who have bought the console version of Agony will be able to convert it into a PC version. Details on how to do this will be provided soon in the next update, here on Kickstarter.
The developer promised that the full version of Agony will be “much heavier” than what we’ve seen of the game so far. Personally, I love dark and twisted stories and plots, and while it’s unfortunate that Agony‘s console version will have to see some compromises made for the sake of ensuring the game gets its full release, I’m sure that there will be plenty of horrible, day-ruining imagery to keep console players satisfied.
Agony was originally set to release March 30, 2018 on PS4, PC and Xbox One but has been delayed to an unspecified date. You can check out the game’s full Kickstarter here. Although it’s completed and reached its goal, there’s still plenty of screenshots and information about the game to be found there. You can also preorder the game on Amazon here.
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