The US cover of Risen 2: Dark Waters will sport slightly different art than the international release.
Publisher Deep Silver told GameInformer the ESRB’s guidelines required a colour change.
“The color backdrop to the game’s skull was changed to comply with ESRB guidelines pertaining to elements that could possibly be interpreted as blood,” a spokesperson said.
The US version will sport a blue splash rather than red.
Deep Silver should be quite comfortable with the ESRB’s restrictions by now; it was also pinged last year for depicting a hanged figure on the cover of Dead Island.
Risen 2: Dark Waters releases in April on PC and in May on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It sports an open world dominated by ocean, which players navigate as captain of a ship.