The Japanese release of Far Cry 3 will be edited for both sex and violence when the title lands in the country later this year.
The Japanese language version of the popular open world adventure will receive a handful of cuts before it lands in the hands of gamers across the pond. According to Kotaku, Ubisoft has confirmed that a number of alternations will be done prior to the game hitting retail shelves.
In addition to cutting a sex scene out of the game, Far Cry 3 will also be edited for violence. Some of the wounded corpses have been edited to be less graphic, while a scene featuring a very graphic open wound has been removed altogether.
4Gamer explains the number of civilians that can be killed by the player before consequences set in has been changed from around five to three. Although the number reportedly ranges between two and five in other releases of Far Cry 3, Ubisoft has made sure that three is the magic number for Japanese gamers.
Kotaku also explains that games involving violence towards by-standers often get edited prior to their release in Japan. The Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty franchises have been subject to such censoring in the past.
Given the popularity of movies as Tokyo Gore Police, The Machine Girl, and RoboGeisha in the country, such censorship does seem a little odd. Given the amount of extremely bloody gore contained in the aforementioned films, the violence in Far Cry 3 seems lightweight by comparison.
According to Gamespot, Far Cry 3 sold around 850,000 copies last month. Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz told investors that this number was typical of a game released during the month of December. Creutz also said the current slump in video game sales is likely to take a turn for the better once a new console has been released.