Atari has made last-minute cuts to Silent Hill Homecoming in order for it to gain entry into Australia’s retail outlets.
The Australian Board of Classification has told Edge that the revised title was granted an MA15+ rating – still the highest classification for games in Australia – on January 5.
“Atari – on its own initiative – resubmitted the game for classification, so essentially it’s not the same game,” said a spokesperson for the Australian board.
“They’ve made modifications to the game, but the Australian Classification Board is not a censorship board, we don’t say ‘change this and the game will go in’. It’s down to the distributor to make changes and resubmit,” the spokesperson said, adding that the game will be given consumer advice on “strong horror violence and scenes.”
Homecoming – which is already out in the US and will launch in the UK in February with a BBFC 18 certificate – was initially refused classification in Australia due to concerns with its “high-impact violence, copious blood spray, decapitations, partial corpse dismemberment, and depictions of torture”.
In regards to Homecoming’s new alterations specifically, the spokesperson said that “such things are not for us to discuss. We don’t look at the differences made between each version; we have to look at each submission on its own,” though she did add that, generally, alterations to games tend to be more complex than the simple removal of a scene. “Context plays an important role,” she said.
Atari Australia was unavailable to answer calls at the time of going to press.