Shift Up Responds to Stellar Blade Censorship

As gamers react to the censored version of Stellar Blade, Shift Up CEO Kim Hyeong-tae and technical director Lee Dong-gi answered some questions about their game’s release, and inevitably, the costume change came up. Kim Hyeong-tae explained it like this (translation via packergirl, and I’m grateful because Google Translate is not quite clear):

This makes it seem like Shift Up knew what they were doing, which is disappointing and makes the entire Stellar Blade marketing push look like a bait and switch. And make no mistake: Stellar Blade was sold on the idea of being an uncensored experience, with the revealing outfits for Eve front and center:

It’s also important to remember that Eve’s clothing is not the only thing being censored:

Now, as Mark Kern, alias Grummz, points out, this doesn’t mean that Sony didn’t force the changes, as Shift Up may be legally barred from saying so publicly. But even if they did, this is not a good way for Shift Up to run damage control, essentially putting the onus on the customer to deal with it, albeit in a somewhat more diplomatic way than Western companies would nowadays:

This is a wild situation, and I’m not going to pretend I have any idea how it’ll shake out. But heralding a game as being free of censorship and then releasing a censored version is blatant false advertising, and it would behoove Shift Up and Sony to do everything they can to fix this before there are long-term consequences to their brands, especially the fledgling Shift Up, as Stellar Blade is their first game. (And if the changes really are being forced on them, the people at Shift Up must hate Sony right now.) Grummz points out that the developers did say they’re open to adjusting the game based on fan feedback in the interview; perhaps that was a signal to disappointed customers that they want to fix this:

In the meantime, Kern’s petition to change Stellar Blade back has 24,561 signatures and counting, so if you’d like to add your name, you can do so here. Also keep in mind that this is only one part of his eight-step plan to “free Stellar Blade.”

Comments (1)

April 30, 2024 at 12:25 am

I honestly don’t know if I want to buy Stellar Blade.

I haven’t bought it, and I’ve heard so many different opinions.

For instance, obviously, there’s the censorship. But then I’ve heard people say if you disable auto update on your PS5, Eve will still have all of the skimpy outfits.

Then I’ve heard some people say they tried that with their physical copies and they still couldn’t play the game offline.


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