Anger is brewing among Japanese gamers of the latest Assassin’s Creed over unnecessarily censored items by Ubisoft that interfere with the gaming experience.
Simultaneously available worldwide since November 10, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla did not come out in the same version for everyone. In order to be able to be distributed in Japan, Ubisoft had indicated that certain elements of the game would be censored compared to Western versions., notably with less dismemberment during combat, bare-breasted female figures covered and scenes showing beheadings or modified torture.
However, Japanese gamers quickly got angry with the French publisher when they realized the game had more censorship than the publisher said. Indeed, the game in Japanese version does not include blood effects during combat, even though the option is activated in the menus.. A strange result since the Japanese version Assassin’s Creed Odyssey it had this kind of effect. Some players have complained about the absence of this visual clue because it allowed in particular to know if the attacks hit or not.
On Wednesday, Ubisoft Japan reported on his blog what this decision had to be made so that the game could be accepted by the Japanese organization in charge of the classification of games, the CERO (Computer Entertainment Rating Organization) and that the latter were even consulted. However, this same CERO asserted in a statement that they have never been contacted by Ubisoft regarding this issue. In addition, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is already classified CERO Z in Japan, the equivalent of our PEGI 18, the highest possible classification therefore, which makes the absence of blood effects all the more strange.
In the process, Ubisoft has therefore published a new press release to present its “sincere apologies” and evokes “a problem within the company itself” which should be resolved following an internal investigation, the results of which will be known soon.
Source : Kotaku, DualShockers
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