Survival horror master Shinji Mikamiâ€™s upcoming game The Evil Within will be censored in Japan. This was done in an effort to lessen the gameâ€™s CERO Z (18 and up) rating to a CERO D (17 and up) rating to ultimately improve sales and marketing.
To counteract this, gamers in Japan will have access to the Gore Mode DLC, which will have all of the original violent glory intact. Those who pre-order The Evil Within will have the DLC included for free, but those who do not pre-order will have to pay for the upgrade.
Tetsu Takahashi, general manager of Zenimax Asia, told Famitsu (translated by Siliconera ), “The Evil Within being rated CERO D wonâ€™t have an effect on the game itself.”
However, this remains to be seen. To a community that has turned the expression the gore, the merrier into a clichÃ©, Disneyfying the game could hurt sales. But it is quite possible to deliver a truly frightening experience without blood and guts. For example, Rosemaryâ€™s Baby is considered a classic, and it attained this status without the use of any gore.
Gamers outside of Japan have nothing to fear though; The Evil Within will be completely uncensored in the rest of the world.
The Evil Within is set for a North American release on October 21st.
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