The toned down version of Heavy Rain spotted on pan-European ratings board PEGI is exclusive to France, Sony has told Eurogamer.
Heavy Rain Edition Modifiée is redesigned to be suitable for those aged 16 and over only.
The original European version carried a PEGI 18 certificate.
PlayStation 3 exclusive Heavy Rain contains "extreme violence, violence towards defenceless people, sexual violence and strong language," according to PEGI's rating.
Heavy Rain Edition Modifiée, however, contains "realistic looking violence, nudity of a sexual nature, and strong language".
"This is just a small initiative for France only," a Sony spokesperson said.
In the UK the BBFC awarded David Cage's superb thriller a 15 rating with no cuts.