Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven is a hotly anticipated title coming to the West, but it will contain some alterations to a certain character’s costume.
The character in question is Rudol Von Stroheim, a Nazi officer and later a Cyborg that fights Jojo and his teams, and occasionally allies with them. Stroheim was originally shown in the game wearing his Nazi uniform, but that has changed for the Western releases.
According to our partner Censored Gaming, Stroheim’s alternate costume in Japan, his full cybernetic body, has been made the default costume for Eyes of Heaven in the west. The full Nazi uniform has been completely removed. Censored Gaming has posted a video showcasing the alteration.
The change in costume was likely done at the behest of the German government, which famously alters materials due to the Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien, or the Federal Department of Media Harmful to Young Persons. Also known as The Index, it is a list of material that would be deemed offensive in Germany today, including a provision in the German law code, Section 86a, that prohibits the use of Nazi imagery of any kind in the country.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a popular manga and anime series in Japan, which has been well received worldwide for over two decades. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven is the third major worldwide release for the series. The first happened back in 1998, when a console port release for Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, a two player fighting arcade game, was released on the Sega Dreamcast.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven was developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Namco Bandai Games. The game was released last year in Japan, and saw a Western release less than a month ago for both North America and Europe.
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