Call of Duty WW2 Scene Altered in Australia Because of ‘Threat of Sexual Violence’ Consumer Advice
Activision decided to alter a scene in the Australian version of Call of Duty WW2 and resubmit the game for re-classification. This was done to remove the “threat of sexual violence” tag on it’s rating.
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Peopled had noticed that the game was rated 18+ a second time last Monday on the Australian Classification Board’s site, with the “threat of sexual assault” tag removed in the update.
Kotaku Australia emailed the board to find out what had changed and was told that a modified version of the game had been submitted for re-classification. Apparently, the original version Activision submitted contained “a reference to sexual violence that is justified by context”.
The scene pertained to depicts the player controlling female spy Rosseau who comes across a woman being dragged by a Nazi soldier into a closet. Rosseau opens the door to check. The soldier tells the player to leave because it’s “none of your business”. The player is then given the choice to either kill the soldier or leave.
In the original version, if the player decides to leave, Rosseau closes the door and the soldier is heard unzipping his fly and the woman screaming, “Ah! Get away from me!”
This caused the warning for “threat of sexual violence”. The actual assault is never shown though.
The altered version removed the sound of the soldier unzipping his fly and also changed the woman’s attire. The original had the woman wearing a skirt and the new one showed her wearing pants. This was enough to remove the “threat of sexual violence” warning according to the Australian Classification Board, although the R18+ rating was retained due to “high impact violence” and “online interactivity”.
At this time, there is no confirmation as to whether the changes are exclusive to the Australian version or will be rolled out to the rest of the world. PEGI has yet to rate the game for Europe while ESRB has given it an M for Mature rating.
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