You may need to replan your Valentine’s Day activities if you live in a region outside North America, with Twisted Metal reportedly slipping from its promoted release date in Europe.
David Jaffe, the game’s outspoken director, has posted to NeoGAF saying that he’s “heard” the game may be pushed back to March 1st (or potentially March 31st), blaming “localization”.
What he means is “removing all the elements from the game that Sony Europe weren’t so keen on.”
According to Jaffe, “99%” of the problematic content was included in cutscenes – and he sat with the editor to make sure everything still works.
…to be fair, there have not been that many cuts. For example, in the scene we’ve released on the net from the intro- where the girl stabs Tooth in the eye- the SCEE version has this but we cut away right before the scissors make contact with Tooth’s face. It’s CLEAR what she’s doing and I think we even keep the sound effects in and such- but the last few frames are gone. The story itself tho totally works and- for some folks even who tend to think this kinda stuff plays better left to your imagination anyway- perhaps it even works better.
He also points out that – in Europe at least – the “guy on the gurney” from Meat Wagon is dead, making the censors happy by merely exploding a TNT-covered corpse rather than a man alive and screaming.
In some ways, it’s actually much more macabre when you think about it. Shooting a dude screaming out the back of an ambulance is pretty stupid and fun and cartoony in a dark, twisted way. Turning a stolen from the morgue CORPSE [into] a missile? A bit more disturbing in some ways…not trying to sell you on it, just thinking outloud.
Jaffe is also quick to point out that the changes are not of the same magnitude as the “remove all cutscenes” approach taken to the European release of Twisted Metal: Black, and that he personally wasn’t happy with the fact he’d been forced to change his baby.
But he admits that Sony owns the IP and funded this particular game, so the company has the last say.