‘Devil May Cry 5’ Butt Flare Removed For US PlayStation Players
Sometimes I question the career path I've chosen, and then I get to write headlines like the one above. Essentially, what's happened is that the latest patch for Capcom's Devil May Cry 5 has added back in a very specific instance of nudity.
When Devil May Cry 5 launched at the start of March PlayStation 4 players in the US and Europe found in one particular cutscene in which Dante saves a naked Trish from a monster that Dante would lift Trish up in his arms and a lens flare from his motorbike headlight would obscure her bum. It was strange because this lens flare didn't appear in the PC or Xbox versions of the game, nor did it affect PS4 players in Japan.
Eurogamer speculates that Sony is trying to tone down sexual content in the games it releases in the US and Europe, citing the time it asked the publisher of Senran Kagura, Xseed Games, to remove Re:Newal's Intimacy mode. It was a mode in which players could dress up characters from the fighting game and then grope them.
Tom Lipschultz, who was a producer on the game at the time, said the policy from Sony was "very much a new thing". And following its statement on the mode's removal, Xseed said it respected "the wishes of the platform holder":
We respect the wishes of the platform holder.- XSEED Games (@XSEEDGames) October 13, 2018
The mode remained in the Steam version of the game.
The latest Devil May Cry 5 patch came as part of the update adding the Bloody Palace mode, and it also removed the butt flare from the US version of the game. However, if you're playing in Europe the butt obfuscation continues.
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