When Bethesda Softworks releases the horror game The Evil Within in Japan, it will be missing some content. Bethesda had scheduled Shinji Mikami’s upcoming survival-horror game for an August release, but the publishers announced that the game would be delayed until October.
In a recent interview with Famitsu, ZeniMax Asia general manger Tetsu Takahashi explained that The Evil Within was delayed to refine the game, and how The Evil Within will be rated CERO D in Japan (ages 17 and up) when it is released later this year at retail.
"If we were to make it the same way as the foreign version, it’d be rated CERO Z [18 and up] and we felt that it’d be best to release it the way the creators make it," says Takahashi. "However, that would limit the sales and advertising, so we’d lose the opportunity to reach out to as many customers possible."
Takahashi went on to say that the company decided to aim for a CERO D classification in Japan, and to release a CERO Z version of the game as well, and to take the cut content from the retail game and make it a DLC pack called "Gore Mode DLC."
"The Evil Within will have two types of CERO D and CERO Z, with both of them having passed the CERO inspections, but the retail version will only be done using the CERO D version," explains Takahashi. "Those who preorder the game can also get the CERO Z version’s representation through the Gore Mode DLC."
Takahashi adds that the CERO Z content is not something that is "on the disc" but can be downloaded through the Gore Mode DLC.
The Evil Within will be released on October 23, 2014 in Japan for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.