User Goron2000 on NeoGAF has reported that they no longer have access to PlayStation Network services after Sony suspended them for sharing a screenshot from Watch Dogs 2 that contained explicit imagery.
Having received their copy on Saturday, due to some Amazon Prime subscribers getting their copy sent out before the release date, Goron2000 then played the game and on Sunday “accidentally blew up a few women in a back alley with a gas pipe.” They then saw *it* on one of the female characters that had fallen victim to the exploding pipe.
The female NPC character was apparently showing off more than you would expect in a M rated game. Using the PlayStation 4’s share functionality, Goron2000 posted what they saw to their friends.
Jump to today and they have found that they are no longer able to login and use features of the PlayStation Network for sharing “Content of an adult or sexual nature” which is against Sony’s Code of Conduct.
We’re writing to inform you that your Sony Entertainment Network account has been temporarily suspended.
We’ve made this decision based on your online activity in Live from PlayStation on 14-11-2016.
Content of an adult or sexual nature is against our Code of Conduct.
The suspension will last 1 week and will be lifted on 21-11-2016. You won’t be able to access online multiplayer, PlayStation Store and other network features until the suspension is over.
We take the decision to suspend an account very seriously, and we only do so after one of our moderators has carefully analysed the situation. PlayStation Support therefore cannot overturn this moderation decision.
We ask all our players to act decently, respectfully and with consideration for us and other players while using PlayStation Network. To make sure you understand the behaviour we expect from our community, please review the Code of Conduct here before returning to PlayStation Network. Please be aware that any further breaches of the Code of Conduct may result in a longer suspension or even a permanent ban.
The image is available to see on Twitter. Caution: The content is NSFW.
The ruling by Sony obviously is in line with their Code of Conduct, however part of the approval process when Ubisoft submits games to the platform holder is that they are signing off on the content the game contains. Of course they can’t check everything and rely on game publishers to declare anything like this. That suggests the incident wasn’t intended behaviour but instead some graphical glitch that meant the clothing did not correctly render in the right place.
We have reached out to Sony and Ubisoft for comment and will update the article once we hear back from either company.