CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama disclosed in a recent interview about the upcoming Kimetsu no Yaiba game that Sony ordered them to remove depictions of violence present in one of the Naruto titles: Ultimate Ninja Storm. Sony is now building up its infamous reputation for content censorship and rampant removal.
Hiroshi Matsuyama stated that Sony is trying to remove violent portrayals from the games as the rep recalled a past incident with Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm (some specifically suggest the fourth title as it was said to mitigate violence in the scenes history never had an official explanation).
The character Minato Namikaze was destined to have a missing arm in the story, but had to have both in the game, supposedly to comply with Sony's demands: Matsuyama explained that the loss of limbs for human-like characters was prohibited and additionally Banned by CERO (Computer Entertainment Rating Organization), the organization that classifies video games in Japan.
The rep was quick to point out Sony's blatant hypocrisy regarding this censorship, as other titles could possess human dismemberment, such as when Nappa had a limb cut off in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
The explanation as to why the dismemberment of the game was allowed was because there is a "difference in impressions between the two games", as well as because of the "change of times"; assuming Naruto's "most realistic tone" is the so-called print difference.
Censorship of extreme violence and gore is not uncommon in the Japanese gaming industry, as titles like the Resident Evil 2 remake had their gore removed entirely, this is the other side of the coin for the West, where extreme violence is allowed in video games, but any sexual or nudity representation is censored.
Source: Dual Shockers
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