More news on Watch Dogs! First off, the game is no more an M15+ rated title, the Australian Classification Board has reclassified it R18+ in light of new content that was submitted to them – they say it is high on sexual violence. Secondly, the story mode of Watch Dogs is going to take up around two days of your time.
Let’s delve into the sexual violence news first. The ACB has released a report that Kotaku published, it explains the reasons why the previous rating was not suitable to it anymore.
The game contains references to sexual violence that cannot be accommodated in the MA15+ classification category, which states that ‘sexual violence, implied or otherwise, is not permitted’.
While explaining what kind of sexual violence they are talking about, the report in question details certain scenes involving human trafficking where a woman is sexually abused. There is reference to a scene where a person is inspecting the girl’s breasts and asking her to spread her legs – the same girl is later raped (apparently).
While explaining why Watch Dogs was reclassified to R18+, the official statement of Ubisoft said that the content in question was added after the game was delayed and the previous rating was for the content before that:
“The extra time also allowed the team to include a bit of additional content. As per Australian classification guidelines, Ubisoft resubmitted the updated version with the added content to the Australian Classification Board (ACB).”
In parallel news, Jonathan Morin, the creative director for Watch Dogs at Ubisoft was asked to shed some light on the length of the Watch Dogs story mode’s length. Morin’s reply was pretty elaborate. He said that although you could finish off the sotry mode in 35 to 40 hours, doing everything would take at least 100 hours!
@vytla102 I would say the average player which does free roam a bit tend to reach the end within 35-40h. But doing everything is close 100h.
— Jonathan Morin (@Design_Cave) March 15, 2014
So, which news among the two above excites you more?
Watch Dogs is slated for a release on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on May 27, 2014.