Sunday March 10, 2019

Sony Censors the Butt Out of Devil May Cry 5 for Western Audiences

No butts about it: Devil May Cry 5 players have discovered Sony has censored the PlayStation 4 version of the game for Western audiences. There’s a cutscene where Dante carries a naked Trish off his bike, but her butt has been covered up by a lens flare. In another scene, Lady drops her towel and reveals her backside, but again, it’s covered by light. These butts are on full display on the Japanese PS4 and worldwide Xbox and PC versions.

So, what's going on? Current speculation points to a recent Sony policy that appears to be about toning down sexual content on PS4. This is something that's cropped up a few times over the past year or so. Back in October 2018, for example, Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal's PS4 release was delayed after Sony told its publisher to remove the controversial Intimacy Mode (the Steam version, by the way, included the Intimacy Mode). At the time, the game's localisation producer said this was the result of "a brand new policy" at Sony. Was Devil May Cry 5 on PS4 changed under the same policy?