Martha Is Dead, a first-person psychological horror game set to be released in mere weeks, will have some of its content removed on the PlayStation console versions of the game.
Independent game publisher Wired Productions put out a statement giving an update on what is going to change going forward. It outlines the fact that the development team has, from the beginning, been overt about the mature and distressing tone that they seek to capture in Martha Is Dead since its unveiling in 2019, but it seems that now players on PlayStation will have a different experience from those on Xbox and PC.
“It is with regret that we have had to modify the experience on the PS5 and PS4 versions, with some elements no longer playable. After over four years of passion and hard work, Developer LKA now requires extra time to make these unplanned changes,” the statement says.
Martha Is Dead’s release date is February 24, and so it seems that the team didn’t receive much of a heads up from Sony about the changes that need to be made, which has now delayed the release of the game’s physical edition. “The physical retail release will be delayed to a yet to be disclosed date; although we anticipate this to only be a small number of weeks. Our physical edition will still contain the bonus content of a double-sided poster, digital tarot cards and Martha Is Dead Digital EP. We will update players with the date we ship this edition as soon as we have the information,” the statement continues.
These changes seem to be a Sony-specific issue, as the Xbox and PC versions of the game will be “unaffected” by the changes, and will launch with “full unedited gameplay” as they were always intended to.
A statement on Martha Is Dead pic.twitter.com/bXDZu2hRP9
— Wired Productions (@WiredP) February 11, 2022
Unfortunately, this means that PlayStation consoles will now fail to offer the full, unadulterated experience, and players seeking that – which, given the game’s themes, will be many – will now be forced to go elsewhere for their full-fat horror gameplay.