According to a recent report, Sony is censoring violent depictions in video games. The degree of violence in video games has been a controversial debate in the past few months. It is often debated that games should have lower degrees of violence to make them accessible to a larger audience. Despite that, several developers have depicted some mature and dark tones in games.
Sony has started to ask developers to remove violent depictions in video games. This announcement came from the Japanese development studio Cyberconnect2’s President and CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama stated that Sony compelled the developers to make changes in the Naruto Ultimate series. One of the characters in the game, Minato Namikaze, was missing an arm in the original story. However, in the final game, his arm was present.
He further mentioned that the reason for that was that loss of limbs in characters that have a human appearance was not allowed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. In the story, Minato is not technically a human considering that he was resurrected. However, considering that the character had a human appearance, it wasn’t allowed.
However, Sony’s stand on this matter is surprising, because some of its games have set a benchmark for mature tones in video games. For example, The Last of Us 2 had several such brutal moments which despite receiving some criticism was widely acclaimed as well. With Sony itself taking such bold against such content in video games itself, it’ll be interesting to see what Sony’s justification for this stance is.