Japanese gamers have to get “Gore Mode” DLC to play The Evil Within uncensored

Tuesday, 8th July 2014 12:48 GMT By Dave Cook

The Evil Within is censored in Japan, and the only for gamers across the country to see the Western unedited edition is to download DLC.


Speaking with Famitsu, ZeniMax Asia’s general manger Tetsu Takahashi explained that the delay of Shinji Mikami’s horror title was to allow more time for developer Tango GameWorks to add polish.

The game is rated CERO D in Japan, which deems it suitable for players ages 17 and up, despite its gore-filled content. Famitsu asked how this was possible, and the answer is that it has been censored.

Takahashi explained, “If we were to make it the same way as the foreign version, it’d be rated CERO Z [18 and up] and we felt that it’d be best to release it the way the creators make it. However, that would limit the sales and advertising, so we’d lose the opportunity to reach out to as many customers possible.”

If Japanese players wish to sample the uncensored version, they’ll have to download what Takahashi called the “Gore Mode DLC.”

He went on, “The Evil Within will have two types of CERO D and CERO Z, with both of them having passed the CERO inspections, but the retail version will only be done using the CERO D version. Those who preorder the game can also get the CERO Z version’s representation through the Gore Mode DLC.”

“Speaking with Mikami [Shinji] about how having The Evil Within be rated CERO D won’t have an effect on the game itself, it has become possible to make it that way,” Takahashi concluded. “Again, this new game is also getting a vast amount of pre-orders, so that also strengthened our resolve.”

Takashi made clear that the Gore Mode DLC won’t be something found on the disc, which should appease those wary of having to download access to on-disc content.

What do you think of The Evil Within’s censorship.

Via Siliconera.



  1. Luciferous

    As long as they don’t try to charge them for this Gore Mode i don’t see any problem with this, it is also something that could help boost the sales of other games with mature ratings… Providing they don’t charge to restore the game to its adult rated-ness.

    #1 5 months ago
  2. Aullah

    @Luciferous Its a “preorder bonus”. If you buy later you have to pay for it. If it would be free, I think they would already said it.

    #2 5 months ago
  3. The_Red

    Z rating limits marketing and sales so they are forced into self-censorship. Well done, another rating board that is helping artists censor their works.

    #3 5 months ago
  4. Dog4life

    Crazy bukkake parties in Tokyo, but they censor gore. Hmmm , i love Japan

    #4 5 months ago
  5. salarta

    If it’s free, it’s fine. If it costs anything, as Aullah said it does, then that’s wrong and inappropriate. It’s essentially trying to normalize the idea of having to pay extra for the real, actual experience intended for the game.

    #5 5 months ago
  6. jeuxvideo4life

    @Dog4life lol 😄

    #6 5 months ago
  7. Dragon

    So wait, the game is CERO D, but then they can download a CERO Z rated patch/dlc? Then what difference did the cero d rating made? If anything, its rather surprising.

    Now, before anyone jumps on me, this has nothing to do with artistic expression etc. Its clearly cero z and 18+ there, same with many other games. These are simple rating board rules. If anything, they should have released a cero z version separately at retail for people wanting to buy that. What was the use of cero d rating if it could just be patched to cero z version anyway?

    “Takashi made clear that the Gore Mode DLC won’t be something found on the disc, which should appease those wary of having to download access to on-disc content.”
    No. Its not on disk because that would make it cero z. Nothing related to “download access to on-disc content”.

    “What do you think of The Evil Within’s censorship.”
    Nothing. Its the rules. Its a different matter if games are outright denied ratings. They should adhere to age-ratings.

    #7 5 months ago
  8. YourColourTV

    Calm down, guys. You’re not allowed to make TV Ads, or have videos playing in store. Basically, you’re not allowed to publicy display a Cero Z title. (Which is why we got things like Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2). Cero Z is more akin to an ESRB AO rating, or BBFC R18. Cero D would be ESRB M or PEGI 18.

    However, you can get past this via DLC, as it isnt in “public display.” This isn’t the first time developers have done this.

    #8 5 months ago
  9. Dragon

    @YourColourTV ,
    Doesn’t cero z also has restricted avenues for sales? Like some hentai and gorn games?

    #9 5 months ago
  10. marporte

    The same thing happens with American movies now a days. We get a theatrical version to make money in the theaters but when it comes to Blu/DVD we get an uncut/unrated version but more often than not the cut content is tame compared to the documentaries and stories of actual real life horror they show on cable television.

    #10 5 months ago
  11. Panthro

    Why not just give them it as free optional DLC from the store? I mean come on, what a fucking joke.

    #11 4 months ago

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