Ellen Page Not Suing Over Beyond: Two Souls Nude Renders
Ellen Page may not be happy about the nude renders of Beyond: Two Souls protagonist Jodie that hit the Internet late last month, but it seems as though she's not pursuing (nor had she pursued) any legal means to get the images removed.
The rumor first arose after the SCEE asked several outlets remove the images, a SCEE representative claiming the images were causing a bit of a legal issue for the organization. However, it's since come to light that there never was any such legal issues.
After the situation quieted down a bit, Eskimo Press, one of the original sites asked to remove the images, decided to follow up on the story and see if there were any further developments. They reached out to their contact who informed them, "I made a mistake in our last correspondence. I mentioned legal issues, but I was wrong and therefore this case loses its point."
Similarly, Page's representation, William Morris Endeavor, never commented on the issue.
In case you missed all the hubub, late last month, photos from a dev kit version of Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls surfaced online. Dev kit versions of games allow a bit more, shall we say, "freedom." As such, it allowed for different angles of view of moments of play and in-game cinematics.
While no nudity ever made it into the final version of the game, there was a risque shower scene, and it was shots of this scene that surfaced online, and showed Page how a certain staffer might envision she'd look rub a dub dubbing. When the shots surfaced, Sony evidently panicked. Keep in mind that the shots in question weren't actually of Page. While she did provide her likeness and do motion capture work for the game, there's no way she would've bared all for the sake of "authenticity" for a video game. Had she, you would've heard about that a long time ago.
Looking back, Sony's decision to play the legal card was probably a strategic move, and likely the result of the company not wanting any more bad press over a game that had already received fairly mixed reviews upon release. Whatever the case may be, feel free to go back to getting an eyeful of Jodie without fear of action on behalf of Sony's legal eagles.
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