There has been a recent outrage regarding the content of Watch Dogs 2. Some players of the game have experienced full-frontal nudity in the game with certain female NPC’s being rendered with explicit nudity. One user was actually banned from PSN for sharing that certain content. This has led players to criticize the game and, at large, Ubisoft itself for including such occurrences. Now it seems that Ubisoft have apologized for the whole debacle.
The Twitter user (https://twitter.com/Swizzasaur) posted an image online of a dead female NPC with what looks like fully rendered explicit detail. While Watch Dogs 2 is rated M for Mature, this sort of content does tend to raise a few eyebrows with certain consumers as to the intent to include it in the game.
It seems that the user was initially banned for a week for breaching Sony’s code of conduct in regards to the sharing function. This has seemingly been extended to a months ban, as per the negative publicity that it received.
In a statement to Polygon, the Watch Dogs 2 developer stated that:
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.”
This controversy has shades of the GTA Hot Coffee mod in which gamers found a certain pulled mini-game from the code of the finished San Andreas product. That too provoked mainstream investigation into what is acceptable to include in a video game.
The Twitter user experiencing the PSN ban has also commented on the situation. He notes that:
“I’m glad that news outlets are picking this up and questioning Sony’s policies. I’m not looking for justice or a lifting of the ban really. I’d just like to spark a convo about how platform holders should handle community content as games push boundaries of what’s acceptable. They’re happy to sell these products and use sharing for free promotion.”
What do you think? Should this player really have been banned for sharing what is essentially just content from the game? Were Ubisoft right for even including it in the game for the first place? Let us know!