The Witcher 2 altered to meet Australian classification requirements

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

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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