Capcom has confirmed that some versions of Resident Evil Village will be censored.
Mythical video game saga, Resident Evil will come back to the fore. Appeared in 1996 on the first PlayStation, the Capcom saga is a huge commercial success and an example of longevity. Known as Biohazard in Japan, the name might not be the only difference between regional versions of the game. Indeed, according to a statement from Capcom, some violent scenes will be censored in Japan. This isn’t the first time that a Resident Evil game has been subject to censorship.
It is well known that video game developers must systematically have their games evaluated by regional organizations. These assess the content and determine the accessibility of that content to the public. In Europe, the well-known PEGI (Pan European Game Information) is in charge of this assessment. In the United States, this is the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). These organizations are based on different criteria, and are more or less severe in their rating.
Capcom to censor violent scenes from Resident Evil Village in Japan
In Japan, faced with CERO (Computer Entertainment Rating Organization) regulations, Capcom has decided to offer two versions of the game. One will have a D rating (17 years and over), the other a Z rating (18 years and over). Capcom does not specify what will differ in the two versions, but we imagine that the Z version will allow more violence to pass. It’s unclear if this Z version will also be censored.
According to information from some insiders in Japan, the beheadings and scenes banned by CERO will be cut. There will also be a reduction in blood visible on the screen. The American and European versions of the game will not be affected by this attenuation.
This is not the first time that Resident Evil has been censored in Japan. In Resident Evil 4 in particular, the scene where Leon was beheaded by a chainsaw had also been removed from the Japanese versions. A remake of this same Resident Evil 4 could be released soon, and would therefore probably also be censored in Japan.
Resident Evil Village is eagerly awaited by fans. The demo has already been available for a few weeks on PlayStation, and the release is scheduled for May 7, 2021.
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