StarCraft II is to be released in an edited version in South Korea to avoid an adults-only rating.

Korean e-sports site FOMOS (via 1UP and Team Liquid) has revealed that Blizzard has submitted a new version of the game with blood coloured black and smoking references and vulgar language removed.

The original version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty received an adults-only rating - 18 years and up - from the country's ratings board last month. This would have been a tremendous blow to Blizzard's fortunes in StarCraft-mad Korea, where pro-gaming StarCraft contests draw large crowds and are televised.

The ratings board has agreed to an Age 12 rating for the censored version of the game.

"Since StarCraft II was originally developed to be a game adolescents could enjoy, we're very pleased with the Game Rating Board's decision," Blizzard said. It's considering releasing the unedited version as well with the adult rating, according to FOMOS.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the first of three SCII games, will be released on 27th July.

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