Ubisoft censors South Park: The Stick of Truth in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

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If you know South Park, then you really shouldn’t be surprised to hear that the upcoming game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, has some moments that could easily be described as “offensive”. It therefore also shouldn’t be surprising to hear that the game, which is written by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, features content that could be seen as censorship-worthy in certain regions of the world. And by “censorship-worthy,” we mean “horribly offensive, and how dare you.” But in a funny way.

Before the official regional censors freak out though, Ubisoft decided to take matters into its own hands by removing seven 20-second scenes from the versions of the game that will be released in the region known as EMEA, which includes Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

The news came via a leaked document that made its way to NeoGAF and was then picked up by Kotaku. Ubisoft made the decision to remove the sections in accordance with EMEA standards, and in their place Parker and Stone will select descriptive text of what censored gamers are missing.

There are minor story spoilers below describing the removed scenes. Skip over the image if you want to remain fresh for the game, which debuts (in North America) on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 on March 4.


According to Ubisoft, this was a marketing decision. The publisher seemingly decided to preemptively remove the scenes, fully aware that they wouldn’t be approved. Of course, knowing Parker and Stone, the text replacements may be every bit as offensive as the animated scenes.