Sony is requesting websites remove stories about a secret nude scene in Beyond: Two Souls.
A couple of weeks ago it was discovered that in the game’s debug version, a free roam camera can be selected and controlled during a shower scene wherein Ellen Page’s character is completely naked.
Eskimo Press and Cinema Blend duly reported the finding, but have since been asked by Sony to remove their coverage.
“The images are from an illegally hacked console and is very damaging for Ellen Page,” a Sony rep told Cinema Blend.
“It’s not actually her body. I would really appreciate if you can take the story down to end the cycle of discussion around this.”
Sony told Eskimo Press the takedown notice was for “legal reasons”.
Eskimo Press removed images of the scene but both sites left the story up. Both are reporting that sites hosting or linking to photos or video of the uncensored shower scene have either been removed, shutdown, or blocked.
It’s possible Sony is wary of the troubles faced by Take-Two over the hidden "Hot Coffee" sex minigame in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which was discovered by hackers in 2005.
Hot Coffee not only caused an outcry, but forced a re-rating of the game in the States (from M to AO), and cost the publisher an estimated US$1.25 billion.
Take-Two struck a similar situation in 2006, when a third-party PC mod for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion saw the US Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) raise that game's rating from T for Teen to an M for Mature.
Neither game’s rating changed elsewhere in the world.
Currently, Beyond: Two Souls carries an ESRB M for Mature rating in the US.
Quantic Dream’s second game, Fahrenheit, had some of its sexual content removed for Stateside audiences.
Its next game, Heavy Rain, featured full frontal nudity but was released unedited by the ESRB.
The entire game is playable using the simplified mobile interface, in both solo or co-op mode.