- Some users have discovered explicit content in Watch Dogs 2
- Publisher Ubisoft is issuing an update to remove this
- Sharing it on PSN could result in a suspension
Watch Dogs 2 is out this week for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Big budget games like this have large teams working on them. However there’s usually a few things that gets overlooked and updated post-release via a patch. Usually these are bugs. In the case of Watch Dogs 2, it was the case of one of the game’s many non-playable female characters (NPCs) found without underwear.
Given the online and social dependencies tied to consoles such as the PS4, it was a matter of time before someone decided to make use of the Share button on Sony’s black box and tweet it.
“I took a picture of this funny oversight with the ingame camera and shared it on twitter for my friends to see and I posted it in one of the Watch Dogs early release threads on here. Cut to tonight where I can’t access any services while playing the game and then when I tried to sign in there was a very brief message about my account being suspended,” stated Goron2000 on popular gaming forum NeoGAF.
His PSN account was suspended for a week as Sony felt it was against its code of conduct. Later it was extended to a full one month.
Since then, Ubisoft has clarified that it intends to remove the texture from the game.
“We’re aware that one of the NPC models in Watch Dogs 2 is rendered in a way that is particularly explicit,” Ubisoft said in a statement to Polygon. “While Watch Dogs 2 is a mature-rated game, we apologise and will update the NPC model to make it more consistent with other NPC models in the game in a patch to be released this week.”
This was followed by Goron2000’s PSN account being reinstated by Sony. An odd turn of events considering it was suspended for a week and then a month.
“I think we may have..won? I’ve got this support email backpeddling the bans but of course never admitting fault. Have Sony ever conceded a ban before? Also something must have hit a nerve because I never filed a support ticket but they’re the ones contacting me,” he said.
And though all’s well that ends well, it’s interesting to see Sony taking serious efforts to moderate its platform despite the lack of clarity on how it does so.