Why has the South Park: Stick of Truth game been censored in Europe?

South Park: The Stick of Truth is a great game – that’s certainly something most reviewers have agreed on. Developed by veteran studio Obsidian Entertainment, responsible for a range of successful adventure titles, and written by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, it is easily the most faithful tie-in with the scurrilous animated series. But the fact that several scenes have been censored in Europe – apparently by the title’s own publisher Ubisoft – has had fans in uproar. In a game that boasts the CircumSythe as a special move, cuts are to be expected, but not those of the censorious kind. So why?

Games have, of course, often fallen foul of overzealous ratings boards in the past. In the UK both Carmageddon and Manhunt 2 were threatened with bans unless graphic scenes were removed, although both were eventually released, while in Germany, the country’s own classification system, USK, comes down heavily on violent content. If there were some sort of official national censorship going on here, however, we would surely expect a hefty dose of righteous indignation from the show’s creators, both of whom have fought any interference in the TV show, most notoriously when a depiction of Muhammed was censored in the ”Cartoon Wars” episodes, despite the prophet having already appeared in the earlier episode, ”Super Best Friends“.


David Wriglesworth

David Wriglesworth is a Northern lad with a passion for gaming, who graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree. If you can drag him away from the consoles, you can probably find him Tweeting or watching Coronation Street.

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