Bandai Namco previously announced that the Western versions of God Eater Resurrection will be having blood toned down to comply with ESRB/PEGI ratings and that no other content is altered. Oprainfall has now obtained new details on this censorship, as well as some other information that may be seen as rather bittersweet.
Firstly, Bandai Namco has explained that it will be the blood during the devouring scenes that will be altered. This refers to when your weapon becomes a giant set of fangs that bites into the enemy, resulting in blood splattering all over the screen.
This feature was uncensored in Western versions of the PSP’s Gods Eater Burst, which is what God Eater Resurrection is an updated version of. However, the vastly improved graphics could be the reason for it now becoming a problem in regards to rating issues.
In fact, the Japanese version of the God Eater Resurrection was rated CERO D over in Japan, whilst Burst was only rated CERO C, and so this does seem likely.
Bandai Namco didn’t want the game to receive a rating higher than a Teen rating, as they will be offering buyers of the sequel, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, a free code to download a copy of God Eater Resurrection. To be able to do this, the first game must match the Teen rating of the sequel.
Also, whilst the game will be censored, it will also be somewhat uncensored. The PSP version had a scene removed in the West where a character’s breasts are grabbed by another character who exclaims “Soft! Soft!” This has been confirmed to be restored in the updated release.
However, what is not known at this stage is if there will be edits made to the smoking scenes shown during the intro. As Censored Gaming spotted in the video above, multiple instances of smoking were removed during a recent stream of the game.
You will be able to pick God Eater Resurrection up on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita June 28th and Steam August 30th.