Last month the game Beyond: Two Souls had a controversial start when nude images of the main character, Jodie, portrayed by actress Ellen Page, were leaked on Reddit. The main problem aside from the nudity was Page had no idea a fully mapped out nude model of her existed and threatened to sue Sony, but the story turned out to be not entirely accurate.
Initially it was reported that Page was going to sue Sony for putting nude photos of her in a game, and in turn, Sony went after all the websites that were posting the images to try and put out the firestorm. Eskimo Press was one of the news sites asked to take the pictures down, and upon doing so then decided to follow up a few weeks later on the lawsuit.
"I made a mistake in our last correspondence. I mentioned legal issues, but I was wrong and therefore this case loses its point," was the comment the site received from their Sony source.
Most of the sites gladly took the photos down to help Sony avoid the lawsuit, but perhaps it was just a strategic move to save face on some bad press.
Even though the video game is animated and Page provides the voice of the game, the likeness of the character is modeled after Page, so nude images within the game make it look as if it is her.
"The images are from an illegally hacked console and is very damaging for Ellen Page," a Sony representative reportedly told Cinema Blend in the days following the scandal. "It's not actually her body. I would really appreciate if you can take the story down to end the cycle of discussion around this."
Apparently the camera angles within the game are able to be changed if the gamer has a debugged PS3. In debug mode, players are able to access coding and internal game functions and play with the settings.
Beyond: Two Souls has a scene where Jodi takes a shower, but the nudity is covered with strategic camera movements and object placement. The leaked images reveal, that the gamer moved the camera angles to show off a fully mapped out unclothed version of the character.
Despite the recent controversy, Beyond: Two Souls, is being heralded as a work of art with stunning visuals and graphics as the inspiration for the main character came from Page's likeness, said the director.
The game was released on Oct. 8 for the PS3.