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‘Watch Dogs’ drug use, sex and other content ratings updated

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The upcoming “Watch Dogs” video game has been re-rated by the Australian Classification Board. According to a report from Aus Gamers on March 13, the new intellectual property was originally tagged with a “MA15+” rating. However, the new listing suggested that the software product will be rated “R18+.”

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The term of “strong impact” is now being used for contents relating to drug use and sex. The former was previously considered “mild impact” while the latter element was listed as “moderate.” Unlike the recently-released “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” the upcoming title won’t have any cut contents.

Based on the rating change, Ubisoft may have added more mature contents to “Watch Dogs” over the past several months. The new intellectual property was initially set to release in late 2013 but got delayed due to quality concerns.

Aside from the increased ratings, the video game also ran into some recent controversy about the potential of downgraded visuals. Despite strong denials from members of the development team, many fans noticed that the latest trailer did not look as good as prior videos.

Ubisoft recently confirmed the new official release date of May 27 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of “Watch Dogs.” The same title will be released for the Wii U platform at a later date.