The lights are on
Saints Row: The Third's release in Japan got a little less amusing.
A THQ representative told Game Informer that, due to stricter guidelines, the publisher had to remove the veins and physics from the in-game Penetrator weapon for its release in Japan. The Penetrator is a melee weapon comprised of a three-foot long purple phallus attached to the handle of a baseball bat. "Depiction of genital parts" are prohibited, and Japan considered the bat to be in violation of that.
[Update: A THQ spokesperson clarified to say that physics for the bat are still intact. Just the physical features were removed.]
(Image Credit: Dengeki)
Saints Row: The Third releases on November 15 in North America and Europe and November 17 in Japan.
[Update: A photo of the altered bat has been added]
Nice pun, Jim.
Of all the countries in the world to take issue with this, Japan wasn't the first to come to mind.
hahaha, i hope this is age gated, thats pretty horrific!
By far the classiest headline I've read today.
Realy? I thought Japan was obsessed with phallus shaped objects.
This is absurd as it is. And why I'm reading is?.... Trap!!!!
Well if someone gets offended, they could always point it toward the sky and pretend it's a shoe, I guess.
... I got nothin to say
I guess the Japanese censoring a phallus bat is just a bit too hard for us to accept.