Naked photos of the digital model of Canadian actress Ellen Page used in the video game Two Souls have popped up all over the internet, prompting take-down orders from Sony, IGN reports. Page plays the lead role of Jodie Holmes in the title from gaming studio Quantic Dream. The images were taken using a debug version of the Playstation 3 , which allowed someone to alter the camera angle in a shower scene featuring Page, according to Kotaku. Debug versions of video game consoles are typically given to game developers and sometimes to journalists. The images hadn't generated much attention until Sony began demanding websites remove them, a move Boing Boing's Rob Beschizza called "very, very stupid. Questions have also been raised about why the model of Page was coded to be anatomically correct in the first place. Ars Technica has pointed out that the nude model created by the studio might violate Page's contract and could be grounds for legal action. Of couse, the images are not actually of Page, but rather of her digital character, Jodie Holmes. That fact makes it all the more remarkable that this story has sparked so much buzz. Get the top stories emailed every day.
Press Start: Ellen Page nude images discovered through PS3 debug console Beyond: Two Souls exploit
If there's one thing we can count on, it's that some people are interested in seeing naked character models—this is true regardless of the game. In a sense, you could say there was a metaphorical timer starting the second that David Cage's latest game, Beyond: Two Souls, which stars popular actress Ellen Page, was released. Earlier today, a Reddit thread by dgmockingjay popped up, and it linked to screenshots of a naked Page in M-Rated Beyond. The screens appeared to be from a debug PS3, not a conventional retail system or at least one running in a debug mode. The screenshots come from an actual shower scene in the game—but the scene never shows Page's bare breasts:. What's different in the shots today is that the person who took them was able to change the camera angles, allowing us a fuller view of Page's in-game model. To wit, the top of the screenshots say the game is running with a "QA menu," as in 'quality assurance' activated and that the free camera is set to "true. A Kotaku source was able to access the game's debug menu and confirmed that the nude Page model is in the game.
She did, however, appear nude in a video game. As a result Page explored legal action, emails from the Sony email breach show, according to the WikiLeaks archive of leaked Sony emails. In one scene, Page's character takes a shower. Her character model is never shown fully nude, nor is it possible to manipulate the game's camera to see her naked character.
Beyond: Two Souls is one of the most polarizing modern video games of all time. Beyond: Two Souls is a great game and one of the first titles to feature a well-known Hollywood actor as its main protagonist, Canadian-born Ellen Page. Larger gaming-focused websites like IGN have also started to cover the story. Any site hosting photos or videos, or even linking to photos or videos of the uncensored nude shower scene, has been either been removed or shut down.