Since Silent Hill HD Collection released on Tuesday, rumors circulated through GameFAQS that the infamous scene in which Pyramid Head is seen raping a series of mannequins had been removed. Reports claimed both that the scene was removed entirely, and that it had merely been censored so as to obscure what Pyramid Head was doing.
These reports seem to be incorrect, despite many outlets reporting it as confirmed. Last night, Chad Freeman (a developer who worked on the HD port) confirmed via Twitter that the scene was definitely still in the game: “Hi Ian, I worked on the HD port. Sorry if you may have encountered a bug, but that scene is definitely present in the HD version.”
Fans were upset at the possible exclusion of the scene because, while graphic, the scene was one of the more disturbing aspects of Pyramid Head, and helped create the tense mood of the game. Also, from a story perspective, the scene was highly symbolic of both the powerful enemy and James’ psyche.
VGW’s Anne Lee confirmed, watching footage of the Xbox 360 HD remake along side the PS2 original, that the scene is still in the game, though the first couple of seconds have been edited slightly.