Sony Censors Stellar Blade, But Grummz Has a Plan

The Stellar Blade battle isn’t over, and distributor Sony has taken sides against its customers. Yesterday, reports came in that the highly-anticipated video game from South Korean developer Shift Up had censored some of the more revealing outfits worn by its lead character, Eve. Stellar Blade received criticism from games journalists (who must be the life of every party they ill-advisedly get invited to) due to the overt sexiness with which Eve is portrayed, but many gamers liked the sense of fun she represented, as well as the gameplay in the demo released in March. Now that people are getting to experience the game, however, it appears to have been toned down to appease its critics:

It’s not just the sultriness of Eve’s costumes, either; the violence has been diminished, with less blood visible in certain shots after Eve kills a bad guy:

Mark Kern, the former Blizzard producer who goes by Grummz on social media, explained that Sony is almost certainly responsible for this:

An X user called K.A.B. posted a thread explaining how Sony operates when it comes to censoring games and why the developers can’t even talk about it:

That explains the sexy stuff, but I don’t recall anyone complaining about the violence in Stellar Blade, even games journalists awaiting a vaccine to protect them from smiling. This strikes me as vindictiveness on Sony’s part, a way to rub gamers’ noses in their inability to get what they want from a game they were excited to play for what Sony, journalists, and the rest of the scolds deemed the wrong reasons.

It’s important to note that these changes appear to have been made in a patch, so if you ordered a hard copy of Stellar Blade and don’t update it, you should be okay (provided you don’t have to update it to play, which I’m unsure about). People who purchase or pre-ordered digital copies, on the other hand, will almost certainly have the censored version. And on that score, Kern has a plan to get this situation rectified, which he lays out in this thread:

And if you think this is a waste of time, Kern has some history for you:


This is why the companies and games journalists hate Mark Kern so much; he worked in the video game industry and knows how it operates, so he understands how to fight them. He’s exactly the kind of leader the anti-woke movement needs on the gaming front; he knows how to affect change better than anyone else. And he’s showing gamers that they aren’t as powerless as Sony wants them to think they are, even after it looks like they’ve lost; they have the power to control the purse strings. Kern says the petition needs 100,000 signatures “to make a difference;” so far, it’s got 5,402, which is, by my count, about 1000 signatures an hour. Despite the annoyance, these are exciting times, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Kern and a bunch of dedicated gamers can do.

If you’d like to sign the petition, you can do so here.

Comments (4)

April 27, 2024 at 12:27 pm

Now would be the perfect time to bring this to PC. the pc market knows modders will find a way around the censorship. this will sell like hotcakes on pc

    April 27, 2024 at 2:55 pm

    Stellar Blade: The Despecialized Edition would be hilarious.

    April 30, 2024 at 12:21 am

    After what Nintendo just pulled I am SERIOUSLY thinking of buying a PC

    It’s been so long since I’ve had one, though. Are disc copies of PC games still a thing? Do you have to have an Internet connection? There really are a lot of PC only games I want to play like Welcome to Pine Harbor, Echoes of the Living, and Nazraleth The Fallen World. Anyway, let me know if you can if there are any PCs out there that still have disc drives and don’t require Internet connections.

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