Square Enix is Editing CoD Black Ops for Japan
Last week we learned that Call of Duty Black Ops was facing release problems in Germany. Today Square Enix announced that the localized Japanese version will have a few elements removed. Specifically, all swastikas in zombie mode will be replaced with the Iron Cross in the Windows and dubbed home console versions of the game. Only in the subtitled console editions will the Nazi symbol remain intact.
This announcement follows news from a few weeks earlier when Square Enix revealed that, in order to comply with prohibitions established by the CERO ratings board, all scenes of dismemberment and "expressions of brutality" in one particular interrogation scene would be removed. These cuts apply to all Japanese versions of the game.
In making that October announcement, Square Enix had promised that zombie mode would remain "unaltered" from the US version. Todays news was thus preceeded by an official apology for the changes.