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LISA: Definitive Edition removes and changes content for release on PS5, PS4



LISA: Definitive Edition Publisher Serenity Forge has announced that the PS5, PS4 versions being released today have made some content changes to comply with Sony’s regulations and restrictions. Most notably, a significant change that affected all versions – including the Xbox and Nintendo Switch versions – made two scenes that were deemed racist. On top of that, Sony has asked for more content changes to release the game on PS5, PS4.

The Salvation Ranger’s introduction scene and flashbacks involving Junior were considered racist in the original version, and both have now “made minor changes to them”. Colorado, USA-based developer Dingling Productions said: “It wasn’t an easy decision to make these changes or not, but in the end it turned out to be an interesting possibility to change some content in a small way in the hope that it welcomes and Adds more players.”

This change applies to all versions of the Defined Edition, but Sony has gone a step further with its demands. This version bundles in a sequel called LISA: The Joyful, where you play a 12-year-old version of the protagonist. To reflect this, the PS5, PS4 versions have changed the names of some items. Cigarettes have become “cigarette candy”, Joy is no longer called “pills”, and alcohol has become “soda”. Dingling Productions added: “Actually, the changes aren’t a big deal. We just wanted to let everyone know beforehand, because we know LISA fans will see it as a difference from the original games.”

A blog post from the developer explains how important it was to preserve the game’s original content, but that the changes made now better express the game’s “core themes and values.” “Lisa’s stories, jokes and characters are never meant to attack or denigrate a person. Instead, they are meant to inspire reflection. And although the game features dark characters, It’s not wanting to sink in. Perception. Quite the opposite. Even when the world feels like it’s completely lost and you’re alone in this mess, you still have to take care of yourself.”

LISA: Definitive Edition is available now on PS5, PS4 for £19.99. How do you react to this news? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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