Australia console gamers will receive an edited version of South Park: The Stick of Truth despite its R18+ rating.

A review guide for the anticipated RPG outlines seven 20-second changes made to copies of the game sent to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia.

Only the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will get the edited version – PC is unaffected.

The edits were made by Ubisoft, which told Eurogamer "this was a market decision".

The censored scenes include:

A mini-game in which the doctor is performing an abortion on the player.
A mini-game in which the player is performing an abortion on the character Randy.
Five anal probing scenes involving someone actively being probed. The scenes play out as normal before and after the active probing sequences.

According to Ubisoft, each censored scene has been replaced by an image and description text selected by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

South Park: The Stick of Truth is out for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC on March 6.


Ubisoft has provided us with the following statement:

"Ubisoft can confirm South Park: The Stick of Truth was initially refused classification by the Australian Classification Board and a slightly modified version has now been approved for release, under the guidance of R18+.

"No full sequences have been removed from the game, only small sections amounting to less than five minutes of game play. These modifications in no way detract from the narrative of the game, meaning the player will still enjoy an authentic South Park experience."