Manhunt Ban Forces Change In Condemned 2

Back in 2002 Minority Report posed the question “What would you do if you were accused of a murder, you had not committed… yet?” Well, it now seems the games industry is also thinking ahead of itself, playing it safe, hoping they will not come up with any problems in the future, and Monolith Productions seems to be the first company to openly admit it.

This news comes as Condemned: Bloodshot’s senior producer, Constantine Hantzopoulos, has spoken out to say that following the ESRB’s decision to give Manhunt 2 an Adults Only rating in the US, and the outright banning of the game in its current form in the UK, many parts of Condemned: Bloodshot are now been altered to come in line with the apparent new precedents the industry has set for itself.

When questioned by CVG on the matter of Manhunt, and would it make him, and other devs, think twice about what they could get away with he replied “Absolutely it did, and one of the things I want to make clear is that this does not take place in the real world. This is a fictional universe. That said we’re pretty cognisant of the ESRB and the Manhunt thing.

When asked for clarification and examples Hantzopoulos commented that players would no longer be able to put someone’s head in a vice, and also some of the more gruesome decapitations would have to be cut to make the game safe to be rated, neither of which are huge game altering changes. All in all he came off as wanting to play it very safe with the game and seemed to shy far away from pushing any kind of boundaries.

He went onto say that “Manhunt kind of takes place in a real world where you’re killing prisoners and people. This is a sensitive subject and we’ll pull back if we need to. If someone says we can’t that, we’ll pull back a little. We’re actually in pretty good shape.

Condemned: Bloodshot is currently scheduled to be released in early 2008 on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, unless of course the powers that be deem it to be too much for us to handle.