Ubisoft Confirms CERO Behind Far Cry Primal Censorship, Lists Other Censored Games On Its Official Page

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If you’ll remember a couple weeks back, it was found that Far Cry Primal would be censored in Japan. Back on March 16th, Gamespark, a Japanese games site which focuses on information for both overseas and domestic games, posted an article regarding official word from Ubisoft regarding censorship of gore and sexual content in the Japanese release. The article is short and translated below:

Domestic PS4/Xbox One Version of Far Cry Primal Has Censored Gore and Sexual Content, Will Have “No Influence” On Gameplay

Ubisoft Japan has announced new information concerning the censorship of the Japanese domestic version of Far Cry Primal for the PS4/Xbox One. According to the official homepage because CERO declared the following 5 points ineligible for judgment, there will be differences from the overseas version:

  • Changes to expressions of the open depiction of internal organs
  • Changes to severed corpses
  • Changes to depictions of nudity
  • Changes to sexual expressions
  • Changes to scenes involving a knife stabbing a head

According to Ubisoft Japan, “This will have no influence on gameplay or story.” This game is scheduled for release domestically on PC/PS4/Xbox One on April 7th.  Please note that no information regarding censorship of the PC version was given.

If you remember the interview I translated the other day with CERO higher-up Kazuya Watanabe, he said that CERO mostly deals with console games, so it’s possible the PC version went by unscathed.

Also in that interview Watanabe said, ” … there is something that goes beyond Z, and we call those ‘forbidden expressions.’ Games that contain these expressions don’t follow our ratings, in other words, we don’t give them ratings. We decide this with the agreement of industry groups, so it’s not related to government laws. Therefore, you could say it’s a kind of censorship, but it’s only this part where we’re censoring expression.”

As for what constitutes “forbidden expressions,” Watanabe later clarified when questioned: ” … that’s decided by consulting with ‘healthy ethical standards for society.’ And because of that, ‘forbidden expressions’ are included under expressions that are allowed under the law.”

If you go to the Ubisoft official page linked above, Ubisoft Japan flat out states, “In the Japanese version, where CERO has declared the following items ineligible for judgment, we have made modifications to the way they are expressed.” And indeed, the PC version does not have this notification.

Elsewhere on Ubisoft’s site, there is information about the censorship of other titles. For Far Cry 3, under the section of their FAQ entitled “regarding the censorship in the Japanese version,” this is written:

<About points changed from the overseas version>

For the Japanese version, where expressions fell under what is defined under CERO’s ethical standards as “forbidden expressions” there have been changes in-game from the overseas version:

  • Sexual scenes, severed wounds have been altered

*Other areas are the same as the overseas version.

Interestingly enough, this information can be found on both pages for all three versions of the game, including the PC version.

Next, in the official site FAQ for Far Cry 4, under the question, “Is the Japanese version the same as the overseas version?” this can be read:

Censored Content:

  • Parts of the dialogue related to forbidden expressions were changed
  • Changes to sexual expressions
  • Changes to severed corpses

Again, the same message is posted for each version, including the PC version.

Is it just Far Cry? Nope. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate also has a notification for its changed content on its official FAQ page, underneath the question, “Are the expressions in the Japanese version the same as the overseas version?” The answer to the question? “In the Japanese version of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, in order to clear CERO’s standards, a few depictions have had changes made to them.” Interestingly enough, the PC version does not have any reference to this at all in its official FAQ.

Next we have Assassin’s Creed Unity. Under the official FAQ heading of, “Are the Japanese and overseas versions of Assassin’s Creed Unity the same?” we can see this explanation, “Missions, characters and items are the same. Except, in order to clear CERO standards, in certain videos the depiction of severed human limbs have been blackened so that they can’t be seen.” Again, the same notice appears for every version, including the PC version.

In contrast, for Assassin’s Creed Rogue, under the relevant question about whether there are changes in expressions from the overseas versions, it is stated that there are no changes. Similarly, Ubisoft Japan notes there are no changes in The Division either.

The same is true for the Ubisoft-localized Lords of the Fallen and while the question for Rainbow Six: Siege is slightly different (“Do the Japanese version and the overseas version have the same content?”) the answer from Ubisoft is yes, they are the same.

Many of Ubisoft’s older games don’t have notifications on whether or not there were changes. Perhaps they’ve started becoming more diligent about noting it due to push back from Japanese gamers? What push back you say? Well, just look at the top-rated comments in the Gamespark article:

“That’s enough! Stop censoring expressions in Z games!”

“That’s quite tepid survival you’ve got there.”

This one changed the Gamespark headline slightly to make a joke:

“Domestic PS4/Xbox One Version of Far Cry Primal Has Censored Gore and Sexual Content, Will ‘Have Influence’ On Sales”

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