The version of The Last of Us that was released in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the UK is less graphic than the version released in North and South America, developer Naughty Dog has confirmed.
The developer confirmed that it had self-censored parts of the multiplayer game in order to ease the title’s passage through the numerous local classification boards in the PAL territories.
Only aspects of the game’s multiplayer were censored. Player characters could not be dismembered, and depictions of blood and gore were toned down significantly. The singleplayer game was left untouched.
“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,” said a Naughty Dog spokesperson on the developer’s forums. “If you import the North/South American version, it will not be censored, but EU/UK will be.”
The Last of Us was released to almost unanimous praise in June.