I don’t know if there’s something in the water today or what, but all the news is nude.
Let’s start with the racy half: players are getting temporary PlayStation Network (PSN) bans from Sony for sharing nudie screenshots from Ubisoft’s latest, Watch Dogs 2.
The game apparently features pretty abundant (and anatomically accurate) nudity, from expected places like a nudist colony and a strip club, through to random naked people wandering the streets and female NPCs deciding to go commando.
That’s all fine – the game comes with a warning for sexual content after all – except that you better be careful what you screenshot and share over PSN, as a few players have found out the hard way.
That’s what happened to NeoGAF poster Adam, who explained that “On Sunday evening I accidentally blew up a few women in a back alley with a gas pipe and then I saw *it*; someone at Ubisoft had rendered a full vagina on one (or maybe more) of the females in the game.”
He also shared the offending screenshot on Twitter, but, uh, let’s consider this an NSFW link.
Share anything that Sony deems “sexually offensive” and you face a temporary PSN ban – in this case a week – and apparently that includes any of Watch Dogs 2‘s less inhibited characters.
That’s in sharp contrast to next year’s Mass Effect: Andromeda, which apparently nearly had naked aliens until developer BioWare chickened out.
“We took the perspective of ‘maybe these guys are so alien we don’t understand what they’re doing visually’. Do they even wear clothes? Are they more carnal than our previous aliens?”
“Or are they more enlightened and clothing’s a vanity thing and maybe it’s not part of their culture? In the initial sketches we actually pushed that forward for quite a way.”
Sadly, ’twas not to be, and the Kett will be just as prudish as the Milky Way races we know and love.
“[But] we definitely had to put clothing on these guys,” MacMillan said. “We needed to dress them up, because as much as we wanted to make them look new or different or alien, you’re always going to want to associate with them in some way. There’s a really odd disconnect with trying to associate with an alien that’s completely naked in front of you. You’re standing there and, ‘Hey, I’m in clothes – why aren’t you in clothes?’ So it was definitely the right choice to make to clothe these guys.”
Still, at least he shared a bit of concept art. Savor it – this is the closest you’re gonna get to the Kett: