Naughty Dog has recently confirmed that The Last of Us was censored in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and any other PAL countries.
To keep to standards with individual regulatory boards, PAL versions of the game were censored, while American versions of the hit game kept all the hard hitting violence and extreme gore that PAL users just do not see.
A Naughty Dog representative, ‘EvangM’ responded to a user question on the Naughty Dog Forum, to which he confirmed that the game had been slightly changed in order to meet requirements by regulatory boards in multiple countries.
“Sorry for the delay in responding, but we’ve been super busy. And we do read all of your and other fans’ messages, but there’s a lot of them! Anyway here we go:
1. The gore and violence ratings are subject to local regulatory boards in various countries, so the game must be slightly changed in order to accommodate those choices.
2. To be honest, I’m not sure what version Australia is getting. If you import the North/South American version, it will not be censored, but EU/UK will be.
While it has been known that the different versions of the game have been censored, up until now there has been no official confirmation on the matter. Spraying blood has been significantly reduced, while body parts (including the head) are not dismembered from bodies like the American version.
If you’re in the effected regions, do you feel a little left out after hearing the news that The Last of Us was censored?
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