#WatchDogs2, Ubisoft's latest open-world offering, puts you in the role of a renegade hacker in San Francisco. It presents a world that has been crafted with a near fanatical attention to detail. Too much detail, according to PlayStation.
It seems that the Watch Dogs 2 designers have been uncompromising in their dedication to realistic character models, even fully fleshing out both male and female genitalia in the game.
Take a totally safe-for-work peek at the game here:
The naughty bits were discovered by Adam, a UK player who was fortunate enough to get an early copy of the game, but unlucky enough to fall under the Sony Entertainment Network's banhammer for sharing the evidence of its lovingly rendered lady-caves.
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The Watch Dogs' Bollocks
Adam details his strange encounter thusly in a post on NeoGAF:
I received my copy of Watch Dogs 2 on Saturday evening due to a mistake on Amazon Prime Now and I've been having a great time with the game so far. On Sunday evening I accidentally blew up a few women in a back alley with a gas pipe and then I saw *it*; someone at Ubisoft had rendered a full vagina on one (or maybe more) of the females in the game.
Adam, who coincidentally works in QA, first assumed that the fully rendered and textured genitalia was some kind of mistake or prank that Ubisoft had failed to correct, and decided to share it with friends for a laugh:
I took a picture of this funny oversight with the ingame camera and shared it on twitter for my friends to see and I posted it in one of the Watch Dogs early release threads on here. Cut to tonight where I can't access any services while playing the game and then when I tried to sign in there was a very brief message about my account being suspended.
Howl and Growl
The offending screenshot is still up on Twitter if you want to see it (Warning: NSFW). After spending a little longer with Watch Dogs 2, Adam realized that it wasn't a hilarious slip-up by a fellow QA employee. In fact, Watch Dogs 2 has quite a few instances of nudity and sexual content, and you can't say that it doesn't warn you either.
From the rating summary on the Entertainment Software Rating Board site:
The game contains some sexual material: a man selling child pornography over the phone (no sexual acts or nudity depicted); a strip club depicting pole dancers and topless women; brief instances of male and female full-frontal nudity (e.g., a woman in body paint; a man standing with a woman outdoors).
Ubisoft's faithful recreation of San Francisco also includes its nudists and other free-spirits, as well as some more sleazy contexts for nudity. Unfortunately, however much they might be an intentional part of the game world, Sony's Code of Conduct and terms of service forbid the sharing of 'Content of an adult or sexual nature'.
Fight the Power
According to his NeoGAF post, Adam got slapped with a 1 week SEN ban for his screenshot, and he's understandably pissed at being locked out of online features and having a mark on his record that will allow for easy bans if he exposes any certification mistakes on SEN in the future.
It's apt that this happened with content in Watch Dogs 2, which tells a story about a hacker group who use software and social media to expose hypocrisy and corruption in corporations.
Now it looks like Sony will come under fire for the hypocrisy of banning someone for sharing in-game content that they approved to host on their network. Other users have been sharing their own encounters with nude characters or sexual content in Watch Dogs 2, and it's not yet clear if Sony is going to go after them all, or even admit that they were being too heavy-handed with Adam.
Was Sony too harsh?