The Witcher 2 will be appearing on Australian shores after all, albeit a severely edited version of it.
We’re told that the game has gone to the gold master and is all set for release on May 17th, but Namco-Bandai had to jump through a lot of hoops in order to get the game past the Australian censors.
The way The Witcher’s gameplay works, decisions aren’t necessarily either good or bad and small changes can alter the outcome of your game in drastic ways.
A spokesman from Namco-Bandai told GamePron:
The modification was a small change we requested the developer to make to one scene during one the games side quests.
In the original version your character Geralt was given the choice of accepting sex ‘as a reward’ for successfully completing this particular side quest. The Australian Classification Board originally refused classification as they deemed the inclusion of ‘sex as a reward’ as not suitable for an MA15+ classification.
The change is only minor, in that the character choice is now made automatically for him. The character and the side quest are still in the game but presented in a slightly different context. No other changes have been made and this change has no impact on gameplay, storyline or character development.
Apparently there’s still a lot of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll (sans rock n’ roll) in the modified version of The Witcher 2.