Devil May Cry 5 has been received exceptionally well so far across all platforms, but those playing on the PlayStation 4 have noticed that the Western version of the game appears to have been censored.
Spoilers lie ahead for those who haven’t yet reached a certain part of Devil May Cry 5’s story, but for those who have progressed far enough, you may already have an idea of what scene has been censored. There’s a point in the game when Dante saves Trish at the end of a fight, and when she falls into Dante’s arms, it’s seen that she’s naked. Dante catches her mid-fall and turns to set her on the ground, though when he does, a lens flare is used to censor the scene.
The video below from Naughty Gaming 2 shows the differences between the Japanese and the Western versions of the game, the former depicting the events of the cutscene without any changes and the latter with a lens flare. Eurogamer reported that the Xbox One and PC versions in addition to the Japanese PlayStation 4 version are both uncensored, too.
This scene in Devil May Cry 5 honestly doesn’t reveal much at all, so it’s curious to see why those involved with the game elected to censor it. The M-rated game is already labeled as a title which contains blood, partial nudity, strong language, and violence, though this scene was apparently too much for the Western PlayStation 4 version. There’s also another scene which has been censored in the game, players noticed, though that one is censored across all Western platforms.
With this censorship, Devil May Cry 5 seems to be the latest example – or victim as some players might see it – of Sony censoring sexual or suggestive content on the PlayStation 4. Some people may recall that Omega Labyrinth Z had its Western release plans for the PlayStation 4 and Vita nixed when the developer complied with Sony’s wishes. Other games such as Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal and have either been censored to some degree or have caused players to worry about censorship, though Devil May Cry 5 is likely the most mainstream game that’s been affected by the trend so far.
Devil May Cry 5 is now available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms, and you can see our full review here.
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