Planet Moon Responds to Giants Cover-Up
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Blue's News has received an e-mail from Bob Stevenson, co-founder of Planet Moon Studios, addressing yesterday's reports that their upcoming game, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, would be censored in two specific ways. The character of Delphi, previously topless and in a translucent skirt, would be clothed, and the red blood in the game was switched to green; note this was for the US version of the game only. Stevenson explains their outlook on the situation:
We agree! Covering Delphi and changing the blood does suck! And indeed these changes were part of a last minute bid for GIANTS to get a "Teen" rating from the ESRB. It was only recently that the pressure has been mounting for us to cover her up or face crippling our potential distribution. That would obviously be completely crap for us as we've labored over this game for 3 years. And it is our finest game to date.This last-minute switch does raise many questions about the effect of threatened legislation regarding game content and sales of games to minors. Obviously, the fact that some retail stores are shutting out "M" rated titles has gotten the attention of both publishers and game developers, and many future titles may see this same transformation in an attempt to win a broader market audience. If you have any thoughts on the matter, be sure and discuss them on our Forums.
Although we are now stuck with a "Mature" rating, we may still have a chance at getting wider distribution if retailers step back and realize our game is not a "danger" for the minds of America.
In all likelihood, the Macintosh version of the game will contain the clothed Delphi and green blood as well; the game is being ported by MacPlay and is expected to arrive on our platform sometime next year. Check out Blue's News to read the rest of the letter. For more information on Giants, be sure to read our preview.
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