CD Projekt Red Confirms Cyberpunk 2077 Will Be Censored In Japan
CD Projekt Red Cyberpunk 2077 is shaping up to be arguably the most expansive RPG to date, in terms of character creation and the exploration of various mature themes, such as sexuality and violence. However, it might not be as well received in some countries than others. In the case of Japan, it looks as though the game will be receiving more than just an “M” rating it will be “heavily censored” in various areas.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be slightly different in Japan, CD Projekt Red has confirmed. The revisions for Japan mostly concern nudity, but intestines and “genital shaped objects” will also be removed. According to a statement provided by CD Projekt Red, the changes have been made in order to comply with the Japanese rating agency CERO’s requirements. Instances of nudity will be covered up with underwear in Japan, including on the protagonist.
According to Press Start, the Japanese version of Cyberpunk 2077 will be “heavily censored.” The revisions will most notably tackle content of the sexually explicit and violent variety. For example, nude male and female character are to appear wearing underwear in the game’s Japanese iteration. Other instances of sexually graphic content will be revised, too. It’s not clear what this entails, but the ESRB rating hints at customizable genitals and different kinds of sexual encounters–all of which are bound to get the axe in Japan.
Elsewhere, certain cut scenes of a sexual nature have been edited, while “some wound surfaces as well as intestines are edited.” Some billboards, graffiti and “genital shaped objects” have either been edited or removed. Customizable genitals? Well not in Japan.
Press Start reports that “selective revision[s]” are also in the works for Cyberpunk 2077’s more violent gameplay sequences. This includes the severing of body parts and the exposure of guts. Lastly, in-game billboards and graffiti shaped like genitalia will either undergo revisions or be cut in their entirety.
It’s interesting to note that the Australian version of the game will not be censored – Australia being particularly touchy with explicit games – and will be released later this year unedited in its purest, nakey form. It will be rated R18+, which is a step beyond the MA 15+ restricted rating, but falls just before the X18+ rating that deems it pornographic in nature.
CD Projekt recently pushed Cyberpunk 2077 out of its previously planned September release date. The sci-fi RPG is now slated to hit stores on November 19th for the PS4, PC, and Xbox One. Next-gen console players who purchase the current-gen version will receive a free upgrade. A next-gen version with “more robust” enhancements will launch at a later time at no extra cost to owners of the title.
You can pre-order Cyberpunk 2077 for just $49.99 now.