On the evening of Monday November 14 NeoGAF user Goron2000 posted an announcement: “I found a vagina in Watch Dogs 2 and Sony suspended me.” Now if you’re like me that statement needs some unpacking. Goron2000 is referring to a female NPC model he discovered in Ubisoft’s new game Watch Dogs 2 that has a fully rendered vagina. Surprised, as any gamer might be, the player took a picture of “this funny oversight” using the in-game camera and shared it over the Playstation Network. Sony took action, suspending the user from accessing online features for one week due to the posting of “content of an adult or sexual nature.”
The news and viral buzz has caused developer Ubisoft to spring to action, stating that they “apologize and will update this NPC model to make it more consistent with other NPC models in the game in a patch to be released this week.” Given the circumstances that’s a rather safe way to say that they will be expunging an NPC’s genitalia. What makes this case even weirder (crazy, right?) is that there are some nude male NPC models displaying their flaccid penises for the whole game world to see. This has been documented by several users and yet Ubisoft has commented that they currently only intend to patch away the single vagina.
This case is baffling to me. Part of me wants to laugh at the absurdity of it. Another part of me wants to ask if it’s sexist to remove vaginas and leave penises. Still another part wants to ask whether Goron2000 should be suspended for simply documenting something a developer let slip through. And more of me wants to know how this happened in the first place? Did Ubisoft feel like taking risks with Watch Dogs 2 and landed on genitalia renderings as an edgy new feature? Was it a disgruntled employee who had his morning coffee spilled on his shirt and decided enough was enough? Was it an oversight? Was it intentional? Did the illuminati plan this? Maybe it was a political statement about this year’s election…Maybe I’m overthinking this?