Censorship is a hot topic these days, but I think we can all agree it's not as simple as a black and white answer. Although big companies taking action to be more inclusive and diversified is certainly a good thing, it can also lead to certain complications. The latest includes content cut from the upcoming VR port of Capcom’s most infamous title in the Resident Evil series.
Resident Evil 4 VR launches exclusively on the Oculus Quest tomorrow (October 21st), and as reported by some sources, includes many instances of dialogue or animations being cut completely from the game in order to appeal to a “modern audience.” Or, in other words, Facebook doesn’t want to be targeted by the mob of cancel culture online.
Most of the removed content involves any sexualization towards a character known as Ashely - the President's daughter - as well as other female characters. For instance, players can no longer up Ashley’s skirt, and she won’t call Leon a pervert for doing so. Another instance includes removing a line at the end of the game where Ashley says to Leon: “So, after you take me back to my place, how about we do some overtime?”
Another scene cut from the VR port includes a meeting between Ashley and Luis, where Luis looks at her chest and proclaims: “I see that the president’s equipped his daughter with ballistics too.”
Although Capcom was commissioned to develop the VR port with Armature Studios, it was Facebook themselves who requested the changes be made to the content of the game. Facebook even confirmed the changes recently, stating that modern standards have changed and they were done to make the game more appealing to today’s audience.
“Oculus Studios, Armature, and Capcom partnered closely to remaster Resident Evil 4 from the ground up for VR,” Facebook said in a statement. “This includes immersive environments and high-resolution graphics. It also includes select changes to in-game dialogue and animations that we believe will update Resident Evil 4 for a modern audience.”
If you don’t like the idea of censorship though, none of these changes have been implemented in the original versions of RE4, as it was at Facebook’s request not Capcom’s. No other gameplay changes were made either, and it has been dubbed a very faithful VR port of the original game, bar the cut dialogue and animations.
What do you think? Should Facebook have censored these scenes? Would it have been too much for modern audiences? How much does this affect your enjoyment of the game? Let us know!