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The Entertainment Software Ratings Board, an organization that assigns ratings to games in North America, has deemed the cover of Risen 2: Dark Waters to be too graphic.
The original cover of the game depicted red paint that the ESRB determined could be interpreted as excessive blood, which goes against its marketing guidelines. The red color has since been changed to a lighter blue (see above).
Publisher Deep Silver confirmed the edit to Game Informer this afternoon. "The color backdrop to the game's skull was changed to comply with ESRB guidelines pertaining to elements that could possibly be interpreted as blood," a representative said.
"These changes pertain only to the artwork for North America - all of our other territories will use the original artwork."
The ESRB has been contacted for a statement on the change.
Deep Silver's cover for Dead Island was also altered last year due to ESRB restrictions. The hanging corpse was removed in favor of a zombie.
Risen 2: Dark Waters is out in North America on April 27 for PC and May 22 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
omg, how ridiculous! The blue is less graphic?! It makes no difference whatsoever! The red looks better, and doesn't even look like blood...and so what if it did?!?!
well its not bad i guess...
last i checked blood was part of being human, are they saying kids cant see blood? sports? WTF? red if bad blue is good!
Well that's idiotic. See what you're doing, America! You're ruining bad cover design!
this is the dumbest thing I have seen all month.
It's rated M! What if it's interpreted as blood. The game it's not aim to children. Besides why aim at the red paint and ignore the damn skull with the bullet hole, you know what forget that last part, they might change it for a teddy bear.
what a ridiculous change....