If you’re still wondering about the absence of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the Obsidian-made RPG South Park: The Stick of Truth in Singapore, we’ve got answers.
According to Ubisoft, the console versions of South Park: The Stick of Truth will not be out yet due to censorship issues. The game is under scrutiny and is awaiting approval from Singapore’s Media Development Authority statutory board. The government body will come to a decision early April, meaning that the game will be on sale by then.
Fans who can’t wait that long for their interactive South Park fix can instead buy the PC version for US$60 via Steam. Do note that purchases made in Singapore are only playable in the following Southeast Asian regions other than Singapore: Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia.
e27 is currently asking the Media Development Authority for comment and more information on its decision. On a related note, South Park show co-creator Trey Parker thought that the different standards of censorship worldwide and the pressure surrounding it was hilarious. “The first thing we got back was you can’t have Nazis in Germany. You’ve got these Nazi zombies, and you can’t show Nazis in Germany. And I’m like, ‘Well, I’m pretty sure they did it first.”
Co-creator Matt Stone saw the lighter side of this and stated that it wouldn’t be South Park if there wasn’t any form of censorship involved. Regardless, it’s rather sad that censorship standards still prevail despite the existence of the “M18” rating.