Madmind Studio has published the scenes which were cut from its recent release of Agony on both PC and consoles. They announced on release day that a couple of endings had to be removed from the game in order to be accepted by PEGI and other ratings companies.
Well, as promised, they’ve now uploaded the deleted scenes to YouTube. You’d probably best watch it quickly though, as there’s no way this is going to squeeze through YouTube’s Terms of Service for long.
I have to say, I wasn’t quite prepared for the level of depravity that was going to be shown in these censored scenes, and it’s pretty obvious to see why the ratings boards were taking issue with it. They are quite comfortably the most gratuitously violent and sexual (sometimes both) scenes we’ve ever seen in a game.
I won’t be posting an embed of the Agony deleted scenes here, but you can follow this link to head to YouTube and watch it for yourself. This comes with an absolutely humongous NSFW warning.
There are a total of five scenes that have been censored in Agony. The first is a pretty disturbing scene of killing several children as a demon, the second is the rather innocuous “simulation of butt physics”, before we round it out with full blown penetration rape, the ‘checking’ of an unborn fetus, and then a bit of tentacle sex before an Onoskelis is born from a demon.
The first one is all kinds of shocking, featuring a demon slamming babies to the ground, snapping their necks, and stepping on their heads. The tentacle rape is then just absolutely obscene, and altogether more disturbing than I’d envisioned going in.
Anyway, it’s been cut from Agony in order for the game to nab a ‘Mature’ rather than ‘Adult Only’ rating. AO games aren’t allowed to be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, although Madmind Studio had originally intended to release an Adult Only patch for PC that would include these deleted scenes. That’s no longer the case, so fans will have to make do with this YouTube clip. Enjoy, I guess.
It’s all pretty rank, to be honest, and probably goes far beyond what a lot of folks are comfortable with. If you are comfortable with it, I don’t want to meet you at parties. While I'm sure some will roll their eyes at the very concept of censorship (on privately owned storefronts, no less), this goes far beyond the realms of mere bad taste.
For anyone who has braved the watch, what are your thoughts? Does content like this have a right to be released? If it does, where do we draw the line?
Original Story: 29-May-2018 - Agony's Adult Only Patch Has Been Cancelled - Censorship Affects 2 of the 7 Endings
Agony release day is upon us, although it’s joined by some mixed news. First and foremost - the promised Adult Only patch for the PC version of Agony has been cancelled. The patch was intended to unlock ending scenes deemed too graphic for release, but has been shelved due to “legal issues”.
“We have managed to include a lot of things that we originally wanted to provide in the patch in the final game,” explains Madmind. “It has been accepted by PEGI and other rating companies. The censorship now affects only several seconds from two endings (out of seven) and some scenes that may be unlocked only after the end of the game.
The good news, at least for those who want to see the censored content, is that Madmind will be releasing a video tomorrow showing the two censored endings. “We will be able to show them to you in a video that we are planning to release soon. We are going to publish a comparison video on May 30th, 2018 so you will not miss out anything.”
As for what’s actually included in Agony, Madmind Studio still has plenty of sick tricks up its sleeves. None of the scenes feature in the trailers and screenshots for Agony have been removed, which includes:
- Brutal Sex Scenes
- Lesbian and Gay Sex Scenes
- Genital Physics
- Eye Gouging
- Heart Plucking
- Children Heads Exploding
- Setting Fire to Martyrs and Demons
- Intense Violence
- Strong Language
I tell you what, looking at that list I’m struggling to think of what could’ve actually been censored. It’s like a who’s who of grotesque violence, and the only obvious ‘oversights’ are probably non-consensual sex scenes. Do let us know if you can think of anything else that could be censorship-worthy!
Anyway, reviews for Agony should be out later today, along with its launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’ll be interesting to see how it fares critically. My gut tells me this is going to be one to avoid, but we’ll have to wait a few more hours and see.