Video: [DESCRIPTION UPDATED] Call Of Duty: WW2 Altered In Australia Over Story Scene
There's been some unusual news regarding the new Call of Duty a little earlier today, and it revolves around a recent discovery over on the Australian Classification Board website. Call of Duty: WW2 was rated R18 back in August 31st but 2 days ago it was re-rated but yet again given a R18 rating. So, why was it re-rated to only get the same rating? Well, if you look to right, you'll see that this was to remove a scene that got the game a "threat of sexual violence" rating descriptor.
In the new version at the top, it no longer lists this as being in the game. Kotaku have contacted the Australian Classification Board and they have been able to talk more about what exactly has gone here and what's been removed. To quote: "In one section of the game, the player controls Rosseau, a female spy, as she infiltrates a German building. While inside, she witnesses a woman as she is dragged by a Nazi soldier into a closet, against her will, screaming, "You're all pigs!" Rosseau opens the closet door, as the soldier says, "Leave. This is none of your business." The player is then given the option to kill the soldier or leave. If the player chooses to leave, the player closes the door, as the soldier is heard unziping his fly and viewed advancing towards the woman. She screams, "Ah! Get away from me!" as Rosseau leaves. It is implied that the soldier is going to sexually assault the woman, but at no time is the assault depicted." That's how the scene originally played out, but it appears that Activision were uncomfortable with having the "threat of sexual violence" rating descriptor listed for the game, despite it receiving the same rating.
In the new version, the scene has been changed, as the Board explains: "In the Board's opinion, the modifications to this game – which include the change of dress for the female prisoner (was in a skirt and top, now in pants and a top) and the removal of audio that implies a soldier is unzipping his pants – do not contain any classifiable elements that alter this classification or exceed a R18+ impact level. In the Board's opinion, the removal of the audio track means that consumer advice of threat of sexual violence is not required. Therefore, this modified computer game warrants an R18+ classification with consumer advice of high impact violence [and] online interactivity."" It's currently unknown if this change will be made to all versions of the game or only for the Australian release. Kotaku and other sites have attempted to reach out to Activision about this but have currently not received a response.
There isn't long left, however, before the game finally releases – with it launching on November 3rd worldwide for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Until next time, thank you for watching..