Twisted Metal delayed, edited for Europe - Jaffe

David Jaffe confirms that cuts have been made to the European version of Twisted Metal and that the localization process has caused minor delays.

While Twisted Metal is on the home stretch of its development cycle, the game has suffered a last-minute delay in European territories due to localization issues.

According to a post made by the game's director David Jaffe on the gaming board NeoGaf, Twisted Metal has been delayed in European territories due to publisher Sony insisting on cuts being made to the game.

Sweet Tooth is being held back in Europe.

In the post, Jaffe assures readers the cuts are only minor, revealing the tiny edits were made to both the gameplay and cutscenes. While he didn't detail the exact changes, he did provide an example of the edited gameplay, saying that instead of shooting a live man strapped to a gurney full of TNT, the game will now feature a dead man strapped to the explosives.

As for cutscenes, the Twisted Metal director assured fans that the cuts are nowhere near as drastic as those made to Twisted Metal: Black, where, according to Jaffe, all the character videos were removed from the game ahead of its European release.

"I sat with the editor--who was the same editor of the American movies--and we went through and addressed the notes from Europe and made sure the stories still worked," Jaffe said in the post. "And to be fair, there have not been that many cuts. For example, in the scene we've released on the Internet from the introduction where the girl stabs Tooth in the eye, the SCEE version has this, but we cut away right before the scissors make contact with Tooth's face. It's clear what she's doing, and I think we even keep the sound effects in and such, but the last few frames are gone."

Jaffe went to say that like every other PlayStation 3 game, Twisted Metal would not be region locked. In regards to how long this would delay the game's release in Europe, Jaffe speculated that the game would arrive in Europe in March.

These changes put Australian gamers in a precarious position as Sony Computer Entertainment Australia usually sources the same code as its European counterparts.

GameSpot AU contacted Sony Computer Entertainment Australia to find out whether or not Australia would be getting the edited version but was told:

"SCE Australia have yet to confirm the exact street date for Twisted Metal. [We] look forward to sharing more detail with you shortly."

GameSpot AU will continue to chase this story and will update it as information develops.

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44 comments
masakri50
masakri50

I actually found looking at a dead man in the gurney in the demo more unsettling than him begging in the trailers.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Gelugon_baat 1: If you knew it, you would had not generalized in the first post. 2: Quoting your last post: "I didn't say that they share the same values in my previous post - nor the first one here" Quoting the previous one: "Oops. Sorry. I forgot that Europe isn't exactly a continent with countries of shared values." Even with a sarcastic tone, you actually said it. 3: You seem to suffer from quite a thirst for continuous arguments with absolutely everyone in almost any new/review Gamespot releases, just for the shake of it. Count me out of it.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@kkxtrouble That was really good analysis you made there man. You understand quite well how an age ratting system works :)

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Gelugon_baat Exactly; we are a continent, not a single copuntry. And NO, not all of them share the same values and way of life. There are similarities between a lot of countries of course (We are all democracies; both Republics and Parlamentary Monarchies), but not in all the cases we are the same. The US is one big federal republic; there are differences between way of life in different states (of course) but they are one unique nation. Europe has been separated in countries for centuries, most of the time in war with each others until the past century. Common and basic values are the same; the reaction to specific media is different. Check the historical context and you'll understand why France and Spain, i.e., are so different being neighbor countries.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

I hope that the Australian version doesn't get censored too.

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

@Wyckid Mature is not adults only, it is 17+. In the box you read (M) It's rare to see a game with the the reating Adults only, which is (Ao), that is 18+, the only game that i remember with this one is manhunt 2, and man it deserved it.

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

@x-2tha-z Check the sweettooth trailer, it's much more violent than those games. The thing is, that both Dark Space and The Darkness are based on things that don't really connect to real life. I mean, aliens and demonic powers. Twisted Metal is a game about psychopaths killing each other, and believe me, it's not a game for the faint of heart, it's like a terror movie. Not to mention the prize of winning the competition is to have your dream come to a reality, which in the case of these guys is usually something disturbing. Still, the gameplay is awesome.

monson21502
monson21502

delay why dont they just start all over and make it a ps4 launch game?

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

No Sweet Tooth?! GODDAMMIT!!1! The psychotic clown is Twisted Metal....

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

This might be so they can release the game in Germany. IDK. I'm not sure how violent Teisted Metal is but I can't imagine it's more violent than Darkness 2 and Dead Space 2. Both those games were released without edits.

nastyhotpocket
nastyhotpocket

demo aint that impressive if you ask me..ill be passing on it might buy it when its 20 bucks.

Frosty192
Frosty192

Well this is probably the only thing that is good about living in America.

vivalatour
vivalatour

I never played this game , but , now I may just start blokes !

Wyckid
Wyckid

I still don't understand censorship... A game that is rated M (Mature = Only Adults can buy it) or Pegi18 should not require censorship at all. It's also kind of weird that the US is the only country that leaves violent content (usually) uncensored, but anything remotely sexual is censored to all hell. It boggles the mind.

aganinja
aganinja

censorship ? F**K THIS O_O

Lhomity
Lhomity

The delayed release date won't bother me too much. I've got plenty more games on my list before this one. I'm excited to get this, don't get me wrong. But there'll be KoA: R, The Darkness II, Vita and UC:Golden Abyss, and more to keep me occupied. If it turns out Australia is getting the edited European version (likely), I'll import it from the US. It will be much cheaper anyway. US $60 for a full priced game currently = AU $55.

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

I'm just glad the wait is almost over. I hope my PS3 is ready to run some overtime.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

If I was in Europe I'd be inporting the American version. At least Twisted Metal is not delayed here, As over there. I have my copy perordered

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

I wish i had a ps3, i have all other entries in the series, some of them great, some not so great. This one is kind of a blur, it seems more violent than black, but something seems to be missing. Being able to drive different cars is a little weird, well let's wait and see.

playaclay
playaclay

this sucks so much ass... why now? haven't Sony had enough time with the "finished" game to have ordered the changes a long time ago.. with ample time to make the release date. March? Seriously? which sucks is i just pre-ordered this week so i was really really really siked to be getting this next week :-(

vivalatour
vivalatour

the words are > Delay and Laid off and there more frequent then ever !

kay2kid
kay2kid

I love you Mortal Kombat...

JohnnyWPSP
JohnnyWPSP

Looks like i'll be getting this from the US.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Since when did we become afraid of a bit of blood and guts? We invented the dark ages for Christ's sake! Certainly doesn't bode well for Australia though.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Ohhhhh well that's just a kick to the balls :| Still, I live in the UK and know what the media are like. They over-exaggerate everything.. and this game would have no doubt suffered if they'd have left the content in. They even called for Resistance: Fall of Man to be made illegal because it featured a shootout in Manchester Cathedral :? Political correctness is getting beyond the joke, but what's more annoying is that people just don't appear to take into account the age restriction.. If it's for adult gamers leave it be, don't change it for the minority of children who shouldn't 'technically' be playing it anyway.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@NoDzombie Exactly what I did. Try "video games plus", they do worldwide imports.

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

America: Bloody explosions and mutilations = Totally fine A female butt is shown = OH MY GOD CALL THE PRESSES UK: Full on sex and nudity = Totally fine A drop of blood = OH MY GOD CALL THE PRESSES

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

Twisted Metal: Black was a stripped down mess in Europe, i really thought this time would be different but i guess not im cancelling my pre-order and looking into importing instead, im sick of this censorship bull....

Zurrur
Zurrur

Gonna skip this game, don't like censorship

Ivory-Dynamite
Ivory-Dynamite

Will have to get the US version or not get it at all.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Gelugon_baat Altough I must say you comparison between "violent tolerance in US and sexual tolerance in Europe" was quite accurate (prostitution is even legal in some countries here).

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Gelugon_baat Don't generalize; Europe is composed by 50 different countries and they are in no way the same when it comes to content regulation. As example; German censors are not open at all; Italian depends of the tittle, Spanish and French had no problems even with Manhunt 2 (the game was even rated when the ESRB hammered it with the AO thingy).

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

I should remind everyone that the PS3 is region free. But you'll need a NTSC/60Hz compatitible display if you do chose to import the USA version.

daveg1
daveg1

who cares i wasnt getting the game anyway. the best thing about it from what ive seen was the opening movie... import it if you want the minor chnges intact. video games plus online for people in the uk and other places.

Encephlon
Encephlon

Wait so Mortal Kombat is perfectly fine but Twisted Metal needs to be edited for the UK?

TheArcade
TheArcade

Europe deserves equal treatment. Quit leaving things out.

Longini
Longini

Feel bad for Europe.

001011000101101
001011000101101

What?! Dammit, Europe! There's boobs and ass in every movie over here, but apparently we can't even have some good ol' scissor stabbing!? Why!? Censorship sucks.. censorship sucks so bad.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Canceling my preorder, I-m not going throught this crap!

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

I don't get it.. why should this game content have been restricted for Europeans while the game itself is rated M.