[Update 11/16/2016:] According to the Escapist Magazine, Swizzasaur had his account unbanned by Sony. No explanation or reason given.
Sony have undone the suspension. We won! I think? They never admitted fault of course. I want to thank everyone for their support today.
— Swizzasaur (@Swizzasaur) November 16, 2016
[Original article:] A gamer was playing Watch Dogs 2. He blew up a gas line. The explosion killed a hooker in an alley. The hooker was wearing crotchless panties and landed in front of the gamer. He took out his camera and snapped a photo of her exposed cooch. He posted the photo to Twitter. Sony suspended his PSN account for a week due to posting a picture of an NPC’s vagina to Twitter. He complained about it on NeoGaf and to other gaming media, so Sony extended the ban to a month.
The tweet below from user Swizzasaur is what caused all the uproar. Warning, the content is Not Safe For Work.
— Swizzasaur (@Swizzasaur) November 13, 2016
The news spread like wildfire across social media, as is usual with tawdry stories like this. However, the more interesting thing about this whole affair wasn’t that Sony banned someone for a month from playing on the PlayStation Network, it’s that Ubisoft was reached out to by Game Informer, and the publisher’s response wasn’t to get the gamer unbanned but to remove vaginas from Watch Dogs 2, with a rep stating…
“We’re aware that one of the NPC models in Watch Dogs 2 is rendered in a way that is particularly explicit. While Watch Dogs 2 is a mature-rated game, we apologize and will update this NPC model to make it more consistent with other NPC models in the game in a patch to be released this week. “
So the answer to a mature game having mature content that someone posted up on social media and got banned for it, is to remove the mature content from the mature game.
Exposed vaginas were already mentioned on the ESRB’s page for Watch Dogs 2, with the description reading…
“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”
And the full-frontal nudity is featured in the game in parts like the nudist colony. There’s a video of the colony below from YouTuber Servan Demir. It’s obviously Not Safe For Work.
It’s a really odd move from Ubisoft because crotchless panties is still more clothing than no panties at all. They’re basically saying that hookers wearing some clothing with an exposed vagina is more offensive than just a bare vagina alone.
They don’t mention if the nudist vaginas will also be removed, but the hooker vaginas are definitely being taken out of the game.
This isn’t the first time that games have been hit with censorship even though they’ve already been rated. In the Japanese release of Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization they released a day-one patch to censor a bathing scene, and in the Western release of Tokyo Mirage Sessions they removed the pelvic bones from the female characters.
So far, Sony has not appeared to make any statements on why they banned a gamer over a vagina in Watch Dogs 2.