Naughty Dog Finally Acknowledges Censoring The Last of Us’ Multiplayer in Europe

Since the release of The Last of Us there have been complaints from European gamers about a completely unannounced amount of censorship in the multiplayer mode of Naughty Dog’s latest masterpiece.

In the European version there’s no sign of dismemberment on survivors (while they can lose head and limbs in the North American version of the game), and there’s also a lot less blood. Naughty Dog never officially acknowledged the cuts, until now.

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ShugaCane1876d ago (Edited 1876d ago )

The SP can remain untouched but the MP has to be censored ? Wth ? That's stupid IMO. In that particular case, European rules are weird. Anyway, I didn't even know my version was different. Fortunately the SP is uncut, that's what matters the most to me. Good move from ND replying to that user.

Abriael1876d ago

SP is completely uncut, yeah. And the rating problem probably has to do with Germany (which is very quirky with rating), even if honestly publishers often get lazy here, selling everyone in Europe the same version censored for Germany instead of making a version for Germany only. It's a big enough market to warrant it.

ShugaCane1876d ago

Yes, true, especially if it only applies to the Multiplayer. But according to ND, "various countries" are subjected to those regulations, so I guess it's not only one of them.

Abriael1876d ago

@ShugaCane: to be completely honest, even living in Europe, I never heard about any other country having problems with gore in the continent.

Vitalogy1876d ago (Edited 1876d ago )

I don't get it. We're talking about a country (USA) where a freaking perfume advertise is censored (I think it was one with Eva Mendes) because they thought they saw a nipple that nobody can understand if its actually visible and then they allow games where you see people completely set to pieces. Yet in Europe is "censored" -.-

I never heard anything before about this censorship in Europe, first time for me and I don't even understand why this happens.

majiebeast1876d ago (Edited 1876d ago )

Yeah and im sick of getting screwed by the dictatorship of Merkel. Why does everyone have to get gore cut because Germany cant handle it.

Wait they pmed a user not even said it on forums? I made a forum thread awhile back that asked this exact thing and Naughty Dog didnt respond which is pretty disapointing.

DOMination-1876d ago

Europe is more liberal than NA. Especially when it comes to sex but when it comes to violenc,e Germany is famous for censorship.

Nornally it's not a problem because the publisher localises content (partly why EU gets most things so late) but in this case seemingly the publisher was lazy and just released one version for the whole of Europe. I've not played it but it doesn't really sound like a big deal in this case.

morganfell1876d ago

Get it right. Naughty Dog didn't censor the game, the authorities in the EU were responsible.

You cannot solve a problem if you will not properly address the issue. Get it right.

Abriael1876d ago

@morganfell:you're the one that are getting it wrong mate. The "EU Authorities" censored nothing. As a matter of fact, rating boards aren't even "authorities".

Naughty dog did censor the game. They did it for a reason, but the fact that the act of censoring has been done by then is completely beyond any doubt. The "EU authorities" didn't barge in their offices and didn't do the cuts at gunpoint.

LonDonE1876d ago (Edited 1876d ago )

its starting to bug the hell out of me, why should the bloody German government dictate what content we consume in the rest of Europe? its like with the wii u at launch, i couldn't even view any videos about games with a adult rating unless the time was between 11pm and 3am, WTF?? and that restriction was in place regardless of your nintendo network i.d age, hell i am 30yrs old, and should be allowed to buy dlc which is for adults or view ninja gaiden videos,AT ANY TIME! LMAO, luckily they rectified these issues, but still these companies need to stop treating Europeans like second rate citizens, its annoying as hell! bloody German laws, are retarded!!!

morganfell1875d ago

You don't understand 'mate' that ND preferred to do their work as few times as possible. They knew there would be an issue so they dodged the bullet up front. You also did not understand to whom I was referring when I said 'authorities'.

Conzul1875d ago

US freaks out about nudity; EU doesn't care.
EU freaks out about violence; US doesn't care.

Been that way for awhile now...

pixelsword1875d ago (Edited 1875d ago )

What?! If you can't donkey-punch a teeny-bopper in a game in Europe, then what's the use of having the Magna Carta?

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Knushwood Butt1875d ago

It's censored in Japan too. Decapitations are a big no-no.

Doesn't change the gameplay though.

GribbleGrunger1875d ago (Edited 1875d ago )

That headline makes it sound like they've admitted they censured it, but before they denied it, when in actual fact it didn't have anything to do with either Sony or ND

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Buuhan11876d ago

I guess there's stricter content ratings when online is a factor? I believe that's why Resident Evil 5 and 6 is tamer in their player death scenes over 4 because of the online co-op.

I'm actually surprised to hear the multiplayer has dismemberment, as I went my entire singleplayer without witnessing human dismemberment, and have only actually seen it once on someone elses game. The infected on the other hand can't seem to wait to blow into bits.

I figured Naughty Dog, for whatever reason, just flat had to censor the graphic violence on humans. I dunno why, but it definitely seems like it. One of their earlier trailers showed humans getting torn apart by a nail-bomb, but this scene in a later trailer had those replaced with infected.

Maybe the human violence is still in there it just has a decreased chance of occuring?

Abriael1876d ago

Nope, not there. Not even a little bit, I'm afraid, at least for what dismemberment is concerned.

Master-H1876d ago

Yo i got a region 2 version , u better patch this s**t out soon ND, i needs my blood and gore , also please fix the crazy lag , i know my internet is sh**ty but not this much, sometimes i hear the match going on around me but i'm stuck and can't move, Sometimes the opposite , i can move but all the other players are non-moving corpses on my screen lol what the hell is up with that ? does the multiplayer require high speed connections or something ? i'm not gonna tell u guys my internet speed because u are just gonna laugh at me , but i can play CoD and other games online ok, they'd be a lil laggy but nothing crazy like what happens to me on TLOU, i heard uncharted 3 had similar lag in mp , any thoughts ?

Rhythmattic1876d ago (Edited 1876d ago )

I havent tried TLOU Mp yet.... But I gave up on UC3 MP with its totally crap latency.
Issues I never have with UC2 MP.

UC3 was so bad I sent ND complaint emails regarding the issue...
A total waste of time, and in my case , a total waste of its MP component.

If its the same with TLOU I will be pissed off.

Salooh1875d ago (Edited 1875d ago )

I'm having the same problem . I even get kicked for not moving even though i can't move lol .

You missing half the game.

THC CELL1876d ago

Silly, not even mortal combat online got cencerored

talisker1876d ago

ND are super busy. Ohhhh whyyyyy? ;)

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