It’s not clear what has been modified, but Martha Is Dead is already notable for an unflinching look at graphic elements, even in its trailers. The announcement came in a Tweet (below) posted just ten days before Martha is Dead’s launch.
Expressing “regret” at the change, the developer’s statement was prefaced with a warning that the game was always intended for adult audiences, “with play consisting of potentially discomforting scenes and themes that may distress some players.”
It also announced that the physical versions on PlayStation would be delayed for a “small number of weeks”.
A statement on Martha Is Dead pic.twitter.com/iI3T5s4LYR
— Martha Is Dead (@MarthaisDead) February 11, 2022
Developer LKA and publisher Wired Productions added: “It is with regret that we have had to modify the experience on the PS5 and PS4 versions, with some elements no longer playable.”
They added: “The PC and Xbox versions of Martha is Dead are both unaffected by these developments and will launch with the full unedited gameplay as planned.”
Martha is Dead is a dark psychological thriller, within which LKA promises deep, multi-layered narratives combined with real locations and a mix of history, superstition, and psychological distress.
IGN has reached out for comment from PlayStation and Wired Productions but has not yet heard back.
Martha is Dead will be released digitally on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox, and PC on February 24. Physical Xbox versions will be available the same day, with PlayStation versions on their way.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.