Ubisoft has revealed — rather unexpectedly — that South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be uncensored and uncut in every region.
The news comes via GamesIndustry, who received the confirmation from Ubisoft San Francisco’s associate producer Kimberly Weigend.
As you may know, yesterday the raunchy title passed the Australian ratings board with an R18+ rating and no content cut or censored, which is a bigger deal than it might sound because of how famously strict the Australian ratings board is. It is also a feat that the game’s predecessor — 2014’s South Park: The Stick of Truth — was also unable to do.
Weigend reveals that the team didn’t know what would happen when it submitted the title to the various age rating boards, but is obviously very pleased that everyone, no matter where they are located, will get to experience the same game as everyone else.
So what changed to reverse Ubisoft’s fortunes this time around? Well, the implication is surely that the new game is much more tamer in its explicit content than its predecessor, but if you know Matt and Trey (the creators/producers/writers/etc. of the series who are intimately involved in the game) never hold back any punches, as Weigend confirms is the case with The Fractured But Whole, stating:
“We really didn’t hold anything back with The Fractured But Whole. We worked very closely with Matt and Trey to tell their story – and they obviously don’t hold back as well.”
When asked by GamesIndustry if she thinks this is a sign that some of the infamously strict rating boards are loosening up, Weigend offered up the following response of uncertainty:
“It could be a changing of the times, that they’re more open to ideas. Maybe they saw the reception to the first game… We’re honestly not entirely sure why, but we’re very happy that everyone’s going to get the same experience because that was such a big bummer for the first game, that there were certain things we couldn’t show in some countries.”
For those that don’t know: the things from the first game that were censored by rating board agencies in countries like Germany, Austria, and Australia included content involving anal probing and performing an abortion on a man. Aka routine South Park content.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole is poised to release worldwide, uncensored, on October 17th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
If you want, you can check out the ESRB’s rating of the game that offers a glimpse into some of its more mature content.