Call of Duty: WWII has been modified for Australia due to implied sexual assault content

It’s been revealed that Activision went to the trouble of editing a particular moment in the Call of Duty: WWII campaign and then resubmitted the game to the Australian Classification Board to review its classification rating. I guess there’s something like “too real” when it comes to the retelling of inhumane Nazi injustices.

Without getting into too much detail, because you know, spoilers, the offending scene involved a woman being dragged off and sexually assaulted by a Nazi soldier. It scored the game a “high impact violence and threat of sexual violence, online interactivity” Consumer Advice tag.

These changes, according to the Classification Board, included the removal of a specific bit of audio, and some wardrobe alterations, and was enough to delete the “threat of sexual violence” phrasing from the back of the box. If you want to get into the details of the modified scene, Kotaku Australia has it over here. Whether or not we’ll see the original version in South Africa is unclear, but this sort of sexual violence stuff, implied or otherwise, makes me feel a bit sick, so I won’t mind if ours is censored too.

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