Shadow the Hedgehog toned down prior to release
SEGA’s take on Shadow the Hedgehog was always an unconventional take on the Sonic series formula, but apparently Sonic Team’s original vision of the game was slightly more adult-themed than the game we got.
Thanks to Censored Gaming (which is an incredible resource), we now have some details of how Shadow the Hedgehog was changed to achieve the newly-created E10+ ESRB rating prior to its release on PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube.
Source: Censored Gaming (Seriously, go subscribe to this channel)
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