A user-made mod for the game allows players in affected territories to experience the full, uncensored South Park: The Stick of Truth experience.
Update 2: The mod’s creator has gotten in contact with us, and assures us that there is absolutely no way for Ubisoft or Valve to punish players for using the mod. “The binary for the exe isn’t touched,” he said. “It was lazy approach on their side to have the censor and uncensored version of the game be activated by a config flag. There is no current way that ubisoft can activate a vac ban, because of their side, nothing is changed, the exe is running as it should with no alterations.”
Update: An Ubisoft representative has responded to our email, stating that a team is “looking into” the matter, and offered a very vague “With regards to any penalty for players that are doing this, we do not have any information about what may happen to those players.” We’re still waiting on a response from Valve about VAC bans.
Original Story: South Park fans living in Australia, Europe, Africa and The Middle East were somewhat dismayed to learn that their version of South Park: The Stick of Truth. would be censored. I was able to upload the scenes so affected users could see what they were missing out on, but now, those clever PC modders have done one better, creating a patch for the Steam version of the game that allows everyone to enjoy it fully uncensored. Hooray for anal probes!
You can find the patch on the Steam community forums here, and to install it, you simply need to download this file and extract it into the game’s directory. Fans are reporting that the patch works perfectly, allowing them to see the removed anal probe and abortion scenes, as well as the Nazi zombies for those users in Germany.
Ordinarily, modding a PC game is a perfectly accepted practice, and something that is often encouraged by the developers, but since this mod bypasses censorship, it is a bit of a gray area. We have reached out to Valve to ask whether players would be punished for using this patch, so until we get a response, please note that you apply this patch at your own risk.
Earlier, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker lamented that video games face a double standard when it comes to censorship, as the interactive nature of video games still makes some “uncomfortable.”