Ubisoft has officially apologized after a gamer playing Watch Dogs’s 2 shared a screenshot of fully exposed female genitalia.
This wasn’t from a sex scene, visit to the strip club, or a graphic depiction of birth mind you, but after a murdered female NPC fell to the ground and exposed herself.
The Publisher emailed this statement to mainstream gaming sites Polygon and IGN (and perhaps others).
“We’re aware that one of the NPC models in Watch Dogs 2 is rendered in a way that is particularly explicit. While Watch Dogs 2 is a mature-rated game, we apologize and will update this NPC model to make it more consistent with other NPC models in the game in a patch to be released this week. We also are working with our first-party partners to ensure that players can continue to play and share all content from the game within the bounds of the first parties’ respective codes of conduct.”
Twitter user @swizzasaur tweeted the screenshot using PS4share on Nov 13 and promptly received a one-week ban from Sony. This was later upgraded (downgraded?) to one month and then lifted completely.
As someone with personal experience trying to get a simple refund for an accidental PSN purchase, to see Sony reverse any decision in the user’s favor seems quite miraculous.
Watch Dogs 2 was released with an M rating, and not the AO that this type of nudity would most likely warrant. Rockstar’s GTA: San Andreas dealt with similar controversy after their “Hot Coffee” code enabled a minigame showing the main character having sex with his girlfriend. Rockstar re-released the game without the minigame to retain it’s original M rating.
Ubisoft appears to have gotten in front of any potential outcry for a rating change, promising to patch out the nudity.
Of course, it’s only the natural part of the human body that every person (not born in a test tube) comes from that is in question.
The murder and destruction is still good and dandy.