Hey, did you UK readers see Ubisoft’s trailer for We Dare? Did it perk your interest? Would you like to play it?
Well too bad! Ubisoft has decided not to release the game in the United Kingdom.
"Following the public reaction to the 12+ rating of We Dare, Ubisoft has made the decision not to sell the game in the United Kingdom."
We haven’t seen reports of rioting in the streets. As far as we’re aware, that "public reaction" doesn’t consist of much more than Keith Vaz and a few parents, going on nothing more than the trailer, opining that the game none of them had played was inappropriate for children as young as 12. One parent, speaking to the Daily Mail, went so far as to say "this sort of computer game will only serve to fuel sexual tensions and, in a worse-case scenario, sexual touching or assault."
PEGI, the body that stamped the game with a 12 rating, continues to stand by its decision, telling IGN:
"Conclusions by press and commenters have been based exclusively on the online commercial, whereas the conclusions of PEGI were based on the game experience. It was correct to give the game a 12 rating. The content of the game and the interaction that the game itself implies do not warrant a higher rating. Marketing may have implied something else, but PEGI does not rate advertising, it rates game content."
America and the UK are out but the game will be sold in other parts of Europe. For now.
Via: The Telegraph
Thanks to beemoh for the heads up.
[Disclosure: I freelance for IGN.]
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen