A community of dedicated players has created a mod for the recently launched South Park: The Stick of Truth that is designed to allow gamers who have the Steam version of the title to see all the scenes that have been censored in territories like Australia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.The Steam community forums have a full conversation about the mod and about how it needs to be installed in order to work correctly and there’s also information on the kind of content that is opened up for gamers.
Previously, the censored scenes were offered online, but fans of South Park will probably also be eager to actually play through them.
The censorship was introduced by publisher Ubisoft in order to make sure that it does not create controversy around the launch of The Stick of Truth, which might lead to smaller than expected sales for the title.
The development team at Obsidian and the creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, have managed to make even the act of censorship feel like it is an integral part of the game and fans will surely laugh when they get to those sections of the title.
Since the fan-made patch for the game was posted, Ubisoft has announced that it is analyzing its impact and that it might be forced to take some measures.
The company states, “With regards to any penalty for players that are doing this, we do not have any information about what may happen to those players.”
Ubisoft could work with Valve to take the harsh step of banning those who are using the fan-made mod for South Park: The Stick of Truth, but it is unlikely to risk the wrath of the player community.
Traditionally, modding for PC games is tolerated if not actively encouraged by publishers, but the fact that gamers have managed to get around censorship might present a problem in the long term.
Developer Rockstar and publisher Take Two had to pay damages after the mod Hot Coffee was used to unlock content in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that the companies had previously censored and that sets a precedent for the current situation.
After the launch of South Park: The Stick of Truth, the creators of the animated series on which it is based complained about the existence of a double standard for video games.
Apparently, all the censored content could easily have been part of a standard Comedy Central episode of the show.