The Evil Within Edited In Japan, Gore Mode DLC Let’s Players Get The Western Version

By Sato . July 8, 2014 . 1:05am


Bethesida Softworks originally had an August release planned for Shinji Mikami’s upcoming survival-horror game, The Evil Within, but the publishers announced its delay for an October release. ZeniMax Asia general manger Tetsu Takahashi shares more in a recent interview.


Takahashi starts out the interview by saying that the delay of The Evil Within was decided so they can have more time to work on the quality of the game.


Next, they talk about how The Evil Within will be rated CERO D in Japan (ages 17 and up). Famitsu asks how that ended up happening for such a game.


“If we were to make it the same way as the foreign version, it’d be rated CERO Z [18 and up] and we felt that it’d be best to release it the way the creators make it,” says Takahashi. “However, that would limit the sales and advertising, so we’d lose the opportunity to reach out to as many customers possible.”


Takahashi goes on to mention that they’ve decided to go with CERO D in Japan, but it won’t reflect on what the game is about. After thinking about a way to release the CERO Z version that will be released outside of Japan, that’s when they came up with the idea of having the “Gore Mode DLC”.



The Evil Within will have two types of CERO D and CERO Z, with both of them having passed the CERO inspections, but the retail version will only be done using the CERO D version,” explains Takahashi. “Those who preorder the game can also get the CERO Z version’s representation through the Gore Mode DLC.”


According to Takahashi, the CERO Z content won’t be something that is already part of the disc, but added features that can be downloaded through the Gore Mode DLC.


Previously, it was possible for those who owned a CERO Z-rated game to purchase DLC for the game, but PSN and Xbox Live didn’t allow for CERO Z content non CERO Z games. Since this has changed, they saw it as a big opportunity to release the game in such a way.


As a side note, Grasshopper Manufacture’s Lollipop Chainsaw was also released in two versions of CERO Z and CERO D, so it won’t be the first time a game gets two CERO ratings in Japan, but this will be the first time that one version is being done through DLC.


“Speaking with Mikami [Shinji] about how having The Evil Within be rated CERO D won’t have an effect on the game itself, it has become possible to make it that way. Again, this new game is also getting a vast amount of pre-orders, so that also strengthened our resolve,” concludes Takahashi.


The Evil Within will be released on October 23, 2014 in Japan for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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  • Shippoyasha

    Just make me shake my head seeing how developers, publishers and gaming visionaries deal with the game ratings nonsense. It’s like how Hollywood movies are constantly funneled into a certain mindset because of the ‘touch of death’ ratings, aka NC17 or even R rating compared to PG-13 and PG.

    Games have the infamous AO and even M rating that are supposedly a harder sell on the market than T rated stuff too. The Cero system having a different ratings for a single year of age is overly technical and making a boondoggle about much about nothing.

    I just wish ratings did their job as simply rating the contents of a game, taking all the pretense of controlling the market through content/demographics manipulation. They even made a movie about this ass backwards system. The ‘This Film is Not Yet Rated’ documentary kind of shows this kind of dynamic in the movie world and sadly, this seems to be a very similar thing happening to games.

  • Go2hell66

    wtf i thought this was supposed to be the game that was going to save the survival horror genre? you’re not going to do that with a censored game

    • Namuro

      Didn’t they say that it’s a roundabout way to deliver the game, as it’s meant to be, while avoiding the rating issue, and attract more buyers?

  • Beta

    I actually like that idea. That way, people who despise lots of gore can enjoy it and the other who want it to be there can just download the DLC. I would say it gives more options, tbh.

    • darke

      Might get me to play it, since I’m one of those “don’t like gore” people.

      • Firekitty

        Yeah, I don’t like censorship on principle, but the way they went about it, functionally adding a ‘gore toggle’ to the game actually feels more like a bonus feature to me.

        makes me miss the days when a lot of games had toggles like that built-in.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      But why not just a “gore on/off” toggle in the options? i guess that would effect the cero rating, but wouldn’t DLC do the same?

      it doesn’t say if the DLC is free or not. that’s shady.

      • Shady Shariest

        To add that extra layer of… Security?
        I think they are trying to make it more appealing for parents to buy the things :/

        • British_Otaku

          Parents? Buying games for a 17/18 year old?

          The difference is that stores and marketers arbitrarily avoid and put pressure on CERO Z games, it means that they can barely get any spotlight and are hidden at the back of stores.

          It is similar to one rating of movies in North America and how Australia treated any games which treaded the line.

          • Shady Shariest

            I mean’t the censored version =W=
            And wayyy younger. If the gaming culture is anywhere near the same, parents will just look at it, see the no blood sticker and buy it for the kid asking for ‘t :P

            It’s not a far cry to start marketing games with that =W=

      • Haganeren

        And even if it’s free. 15 years from now, we will see how fine the server which host the DLC is doing !

        • Shady Shariest

          15 years from now on? PS6. and Ps4 will be hacked as gaping open as PSP.

          • Haganeren

            There is already some games which is lost forever you know ? Like the War of the World on XBLA which have been suppressed from the XBLA.

            There is a lot of thing we will lose in 15 years, hacking or not.

          • Shady Shariest

            Meh. Hacking also develops =W=

          • Haganeren

            I can only hope it will be enough.

          • Shady Shariest

            Surely it will be. Now that they are practically PC’s (And all ready outdated) they pose many more holes security wise.

            Let’s just hope that those holes will only be used to snatch things before they disappear :X

          • Haganeren

            Well, ironically, PC IS the platform which had the more things disappearing over the years. (And with all games on Steam, i feel like it will not stop soon)

          • darke

            Nah, steam’s great for hackers. The steam dll is pretty standard and you usually get cracks for even early access titles nice and quick. The only store more robust then steam is GoG’s downloadable titles. :P But even then they’ll break when there’s no Windows around to run the uninstaller…

            … but of course you’ve got WINE for that (around before even playstation emulators); and GoG sells dosbox (again around before playstation emulators); and I can still install MS-DOS6.2 on my desktop machine purchased a couple of years back whereas of course I can’t install PlayStation-1-OS on a PS4.

            The only things that have disappeared on the PC that I know of are MMOs and similar online-only titles, but of course, because the PC is an open platform, people who are that enthusiastic write their own MMO server backends…

          • Haganeren

            The real problem is not how easy it is to hack something but if the hackers themselves are motivated.

            I think almost the entire library of the Famicom Rom have been hacked and it’s not something which have been that easy to pull. You need some dumper, it have to be made. There is sometime the rom v1.1 of a game because it wasn’t dumped properly the first time.

            But because Japanase was really fond of the Famicom System, they were motivated to make a rom of each games. For Game Boy Advance, they even made a numero for each rom which permits all the game to be recovered even 20 years from now.

            But, on PC ? Yeah, we can recover the old LucasArt classique but what about that shareware you were playing as a kid ? What about those free game in a CD you had

            Of course, we can’t save anything, most of the time it’s not worth it anyway but with Steam right now, we have a lot lot lot of indie game and they keep coming. I don’t know if someone is thinking. “Okay, gotta crack and save them all before Steam goes down”.

            That was more my point.

            But yes, F2P and MMO are bound to disappears… Like a lot of those success mobile tile like Candy Crush Saga when the servers will not exist anymore… We even have the original Flappy Bird as an example of something which can disappears one day without warning.

            So yeah, it’s difficult enough to save all games, i quite worry about the DLC stuff as well.

      • Beta

        Actually, now that you say it, a toggle sounds waaaay better. Good call. Actually they should do that to a lot of games, imo.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    That big difference between what is acceptable for a 17 year old and what is acceptable for an 18 year old.

    • Byron Kerrison II

      Right. I am baffled on this,

    • Brion Valkerion

      Laws. Same way you can smoke at 18 but not drink til 21 in USA, but can enlist in the military at 18. Makes no sense on paper like 90% of them made without being reexamined for our ever changing world.

    • Firekitty

      Unfortunately, ratings systems are by nature completely arbitrary. Most reasonable people will agree that ‘certain things’ aren’t appropriate for ‘children’, but agreeing on *which* things and what qualifies as a ‘child’ seems to be patently impossible.

      But while I don’t agree with censorship for any reason, this DOES seem to be a very reasonable solution? The developers get their ‘wider audience’ without unduly pissing off the audience the game was ACTUALLY intended for, and those who really want that extra gore can easily access it. It’s certainly much better than the garbage we’ve been seeing with Western releases lately, where they just remove anything that might remotely be considered offensive and call it good.

      • Shippoyasha

        I just wish the politics of ratings didn’t exist at all. There is just so much censoring nonsense with the ‘broader audience’ element. There doesn’t seem to be much of an implication that people can research a lot of these games online. There’s a bloated sense of importance to the ratings mechanic. It should be used as an indicator, not as the roadmap.

        • Firekitty

          When they say ‘broader audience’, they mean ‘we’ll make more sales because younger gamers won’t have to beg their parents to buy it for them’. If the game has to pass through the hands of a parent, there’s bound to be lost sales for a variety of reasons (‘no, it’s rated adult, and I’m too lazy to research why’, ‘You’ve got enough games already, save your money!’).

          As for researching content via the internet…unfortunately, most marketing departments are WOEFULLY behind the times, or think consumers are too lazy/stupid to do this, or both.

  • Shady Shariest

    At least make it be free :/

  • Kornelious

    Wow, it must be pretty goery then, usually this is the other way around…..Though this raises the question for why this itn’t done for western localizations for things like censoring and such…..

  • fairysun

    I can’t be the only one who think differently when I read something about CERO, right?

  • Daniel Rossevelt

    Pretty cool, although if games like monster monpiece had a free dlc returning it to its unedited glory, along with the other ps vita games i would be happy.

  • DEnM

    Nobody seems to be commenting on the fact that the title says “Let’s Players” instead of “Lets Players”. There’s no need for an apostrophe there.

    • TheFoolArcana

      Because no one fucking cares.

  • Brandonmkii

    I want to get this because I like Mikami, but I’m probably too much of a babby to actually play it.

  • Matty

    seems like a pretty intuitive way to deal with this issue.. Why haven’t others thought of this before? Is this sort of like Total War’s ‘Blood Pack’ DLC?

  • Here we go again… A soon as I see a Capcom artlcle mentioning DLC, this comes to mind…

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