Wired Productions has announced that the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of LKA’s Martha is Dead will be censored on request from Sony Interactive Entertainment. A specific reason for the censorship was not provided but there is a scene in which you wear your dead baby sisters face as a mask which many are pointing towards for the reason.
The PC and Xbox versions of the game will remain unaffected by the censorship request from Sony Interactive Entertainment. The PS4 and PS5 versions of the game will still launch on the 24th of February 2022 but the physical release has been pushed back by a “small number of weeks”.
This is not the first case of selective censorship from Sony Interactive Entertainment, several games including Devil May Cry 5 and Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! were also censored only on PlayStation consoles whilst games like The Last of Us Part II are allowed through the new PlayStation certification process.
Here’s what Wired Productions had to say:
Martha Is Dead is a narrative adventure recommended for adult audiences only, with play consisting of potentially discomforting scenes and themes that may distress some players. Both Wired Productions and LkA have always been open and honest about Martha Is Dead content, with the sensitive depictions in play consistently communicated to the media since the game was announced in 2019. This content is also flagged clearly and repeatedly within the game itself before play begins.
It is with regret that we have had to modify the experience on the PS5 and PS4 versions, with some elements no longer playable. After over four years of passion and hard work, Developer LKA now requires extra time to make these unplanned changes. Martha Is Dead, as a result, will still launch digitally on both PS5 and PS4 on Thursday, February 24th, 2022, but the physical retail release will be delayed to a yet to be disclosed date; although we anticipate this to only be a small number of weeks. Our physical edition will still contain the bonus content of a double-sided poster, digital trot cards and Martha ls Dead Digital EP. We will update players with the date we ship this edition as soon as we have the information.
The PC and Xbox versions of Martha Is Dead are both unaffected by these developments and will launch with the full unedited gameplay as planned.
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