Report: Sony Pressures Sites to Bury Beyond: Two Souls Debug Mode Stories

October 22, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Several reports have surfaced today (originating from a Kotaku report) that Sony has supposedly been pressuring certain publications to pull down reports about a debug mode in Beyond: Two Souls that allows access to alternate camera angles, including one for the game's shower scene. From that angle, users can supposedly see a detailed nude version of the game's main character, who was based on Ellen Page.

According to CinemaBlend, Sony told them to pull down their coverage, as well as Eskimo Press who claims to have received a similar message from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Cinema Blend says that rep. from the company told them:

"The images are from an illegally hacked console and is very damaging for Ellen Page. It's not actually her body. I would really appreciate if you can take the story down."

Sony is likely concerned that these scenes might remind the ESRB and the public of Rockstar's Hot Coffee incident with GTA: San Andreas.

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Source: GII


Comments

Re: Report: Sony Pressures Sites to Bury Beyond: Two Souls ...

Noooooo!! Not a naked digital human! My puritanical mind cannot handle this! (Are we ever going to get over this phobia of naked people?)

We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight. – John Lennon

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"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." -H.L.Mencken

Re: Report: Sony Pressures Sites to Bury Beyond: Two Souls ...

There are legal problems. I believe the game is rated M, but because of this, it could be rated A meaning a lot of money wasted.

Re: Report: Sony Pressures Sites to Bury Beyond: Two Souls ...

So the M rating is for "mature audiences", but not quite mature enough to handle seeing naked people? The whole system is plain goofy.

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"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." -H.L.Mencken

Re: Report: Sony Pressures Sites to Bury Beyond: Two Souls ...

Nudity doesn't require an AO rating.  Even if it did, that's not a legal problem.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Report: Sony Pressures Sites to Bury Beyond: Two Souls ...

Why did they make it detailed most devs would probably just go for the Barbie doll effect for parts unseen during normal game play.

Re: Report: Sony Pressures Sites to Bury Beyond: Two Souls ...

Sorry Sony, but, this is the internet, it's out there permanently.

Re: Report: Sony Pressures Sites to Bury Beyond: Two Souls ...

"The images are from an illegally hacked console..."

According to the report, the images are from a PS3 dev kit.  Dev kits can, obviously, access debug modes.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Report: Sony Pressures Sites to Bury Beyond: Two Souls ...

Even if these images were from a hacked console it wouldn't make the images themselves illegal.

Re: Report: Sony Pressures Sites to Bury Beyond: Two Souls ...

I don't think anyone ever claimed they were.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Report: Sony Pressures Sites to Bury Beyond: Two Souls ...

Of course Sony are going to try and blame hackers though...

Re: Report: Sony Pressures Sites to Bury Beyond: Two Souls ...

It's just more convenient to blame the hackers
 
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