Agony, the horror romp through hell by Madmind Studio, will receive an official patch for PC to bypass the game’s censorship, which the studio needs to implement to maintain an ‘M’ rating.
In a statement on the game’s Kickstarter page, Madmind stated that “in order to be able to publish the game, [they] had to make some compromises. With that in mind, [they] have spent a lot of time to make sure that censorship will not affect the perception of the game.”
Madmind has reiterated that every version of the game will still be the identical. The major concern is that if the project received an AO (Adult-Only) rating, it would not be able to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
In a proactive response, the studio has “been conducting interviews with age-rating companies in order not to cut out entire scenes from the game but at the same time modify it enough (e.g. just slightly changing the camera’s frame) to get an M (Mature) rating instead of AO (Adult-Only) rating.”
The PC version of the game will have the same level of censorship as the console versions in a shipped state, but PC players will have the option to download “a special, optional patch” that will “remove the aforementioned censorship.” A console version of this patch is impossible, both technologically and legally.
Agony was recently delayed 10 days before release, which is likely to do with this age rating concern and the dissonance between PC and console trading standards.
For further insight into the game, check out OnlySP’s interview with Madmind Studio president Tomasz Dutkiewicz from September 2016, or watch 12 minutes of gameplay footage here.