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The Witcher 2 altered to meet Australian classification requirements

Wednesday, 4th May 2011 05:10 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Classifications Board has allowed The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings to be released in Australia, after a hasty edit removed a reference to sexual rewards.

“The modification was a small change we requested the developer to make to one scene during one the games side quests,” a Namco Bandai representative told GamePron.

“In the original version your character Geralt was given the choice of accepting sex ‘as a reward’ for successfully completing this particular side quest. The Australian Classification Board originally refused classification as they deemed the inclusion of ‘sex as a reward’ as not suitable for an MA15+ classification.”

According to the spokesperson, the alteration should be largely indistinguishable to local gamers.

“The change is only minor, in that the character choice is now made automatically for him. The character and the side quest are still in the game but presented in a slightly different context,” he said.

“No other changes have been made and this change has no impact on gameplay, storyline or character development.”

The Witcher 2 was originally Refused Classification in Australia – making it illegal to retail – but the edit has allowed it to skim into the MA15+ category. Other territories will receive the original, unedited version.

Namco Bandai is acting as publisher and distributor of the physical release of The Witcher 2, which also arrives on digital distribution platforms (including Good Old Games, developer CD Projekt’s own service) on May 17.

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6 Comments

  1. Blerk

    A hasty edit to remove sexual rewards? It sounds like it got married!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Kabby

    How big is the Australian game market?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Ge0force

    #2 Big enough to make a unique censored version a guess. Anyway the Aussies can at least play the game. The Wichter was one of the best RPG’s I’ve ever played!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 – :D

    #4 3 years ago
  5. onlineatron

    @1

    It’s funny because it’s painfully true.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. shogoz

    #2 Pretty big…regardless of all the articles you read there are only ever rare cases where a game gets banned. It doesn’t affect me because I import some games too. I personally think that they conjure up a scare where they say they are going to ban a game (fallout 3 is a good example) and once they see theres a lot of profit they “unban” it. Im pretty sure fallout 3 was released here around the same time as everywhere else

    #6 3 years ago

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