Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Had Scenes Censored in Japan
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was edited for Japan.
Hideo Kojima, speaking in a translated interview, revealed that certain portions of Ground Zeroes were altered to appease the Japanese games rating board CERO. The scene in question was reportedly scrutinized for being overly “gory and painful.”
“That part got flagged by CERO so the production was changed that way,” said Kojima. “In the North American version [of Ground Zeroes] you can see everything.”
While Ground Zeroes was released intact in North America, the game still made some waves earlier this year when it was revealed that its Mature rating was earned, in part, for audio files containing depictions of sexual violence. Previous games with “sexual violence” descriptors have generally been branded with Adults Only ratings. The scene that caused a stir in Japan was also described in the ESRB’s rating summary, but apparently didn’t rank higher for the organization than the rest of the game’s violence.