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[Update] Agony Censoring Content Due To Legal Issues

Gaming article by Max Moeller on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 08:55
News
Developer
Madmind Studio
Publisher
PlayWay
Release Date
May 29, 2018
Monetization
One Time Purchase
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Update: The video containing the uncensored content was released and subsequently taken down by YouTube. You can still watch it here on the steam news page. They further explained:

"Scene no. 2 was added only a week ago, and we will upload this "feature" for different characters, in a normal patch, very soon."
Madmind have also announced a patch coming for PC and console versions of the game. The Steam update will have a changelog, but the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 patches are as follows:

PS4 - fixed problem with screen-tearing/v-sync, improved framerate and lots of small bugs related to collisions, hang-up, etc. Xbox One - improved framerate, bug related to sounds and a lot of small bugs related to collisions, hangs-up, etc.

 

Original Story: Developed by Madmind Studios, Agony is a first-person survival horror game that looks to be quite controversial. In fact, it is so controversial that the team is no longer allowed to release their planned "Adult Only" patch due to legal issues. According to the news post, the game would be banned and the studio sued should they have kept the content in.

However, Madmind was able to get a significant amount of that content approved by PEGI and other rating companies. Now, only a few seconds from two (of seven) endings will see censorship, alongside some post-game unlockable scenes. That said, we will still see the following scenes on all platforms:

 
  • Gore
  • Brutal Sex Scenes
  • Lesbian and Gay Sex Scenes
  • Genital Physics
  • Eye Gouging
  • Heart Plucking
  • Children Heads Exploding
  • Setting Fire to Martyrs and Demons
  • Intense Violence
  • Strong Language
  • Drugs
For those really wanting to see the cut content, Madmind will release a comparison video on May 30th, 2018 so we can see the original vision.

Originally a failed Kickstarter projectAgony places you as a soul stuck in Hell who has no memory of how he got there. By avoiding demons and other monsters, you must escape with the help of the all-powerful Red Goddess.

Agony Feature

 

You will sneak past demons, sprint around monsters, and possess the different creatures on your journey. Along the way, other souls will recognize you, providing some hint of the man you used to be.

Agony releases today on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.


 

Quick Take

I've played around five hours of the game... what is already there pushes the bar pretty far. I can't imagine what sort of content is getting cut, but it must be some of the most offensive stuff this industry has ever seen. We'll have to wait for the comparison video to find out.

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