Ubisoft has announced there will be no censorship applied to the Australian version of the upcoming South Park: The Fractured but Whole
. Touting the experience to be "completely uncut and uncensored," this is a change from its predecessor South Park: The Stick of Truth
, where the developers were forced to cut out or change scenes involving "probing," abortion and Nazi propaganda.
Last time around, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone had a laugh with the censorship, although Stone believed it to be a "double standard" since it would not be censored had it been on the TV show, only in the video game medium. They covered up the content in their own way, including using an image of a crying koala in the Australian version, complete with a text description of what was being censored on-screen.The Fractured but Whole
received R18+ rating from the Australian Classification Board. In North America, it received the M for Mature rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board due to "Blood and Gore, Mature Humor, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs [and] Violence." After several delays
, it is scheduled to finally launch globally on October 17th.