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Horror Title, ‘Agony’, Devilishly Gets Around ‘AO’ Censorship

written by Tyler April 18, 2018
Agony game, showing body parts in hell

I’m a huge fan of horror games. From the Outlast series, the old Call of Cthulhu to even the most recent Resident Evil. I’ve been very excited about PlayWay’s title, Agony, that launched on Kickstarter. Not only does it look absolutely disgusting, with sexualized gore and its filthy depictions of hell, but apparently it was to recieve an ‘AO’ (adults only) rating in its current state from the ESRB.

That caused the developer to make adjustments to the version it will be releasing on all platforms (seeing as Microsoft and Sony will not allow ‘AO’ rated games to be released on their consoles), in order to bring it to an ‘M’ rating. The great thing, being a PC player myself, is that PlayWay will be releasing a patch for Agony on PC only to circumvent the ‘censorship’ they had to release the game with. From their Kickstarter news update:

“We also want to confirm that we are preparing a special, optional patch for PC that will remove the aforementioned “censorship”. We would love to do something similar for consoles but from a technical and legal point of view it is simply not possible.”

This news got some people in an uproar who backed Agony on Kickstarter it in anticipation of playing it on console. While its unreasonable to blame a developer for rating agencies or console manufacturers for ‘censorship’, PlayWay insists that all promotional material thus far, including videos, screenshots and gameplay, will all remain. They haven’t detailed what exactly will be censored, except the fact that it hasn’t even been shown.

This begs the question, with rape scenes in Outlast 2 and torture scenes in Grand Theft Auto V, those games are also listed as an ‘M’ rating. So, just how bad is the uncensored version of Agony? The gameplay video above shows enough gore and disgusting bits, but damn. This just seems like good PR in the end.

Not going to lie, this makes me even more excited to play it.

What about you geeks? Are you thinking of playing Agony and diving into the disgusting ‘AO’ version? Let us know in the comments!

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