It looks like the follow-up to the Zombie-themed action-RPG Dead Island won't be coming to Germany. In a recent interview with PCGamesN, Dead Island: Riptide creative producer Sebastian Reichert said this was due to the country's strict guidelines on the sale of violent media.
"We have no censored version of the game," he said, "so we cannot release it in Germany. It feels fucking awkward to have one of the most successful games in years and nobody in your country knows it." German rules on violent media say that it cannot contain violence against human-like characters and mutilation of corpses. Games often have to be altered to be acceptable for release in the country. Reichert also expressed confusion as to why a game like Gears of War 3 was successfully published in Germany while a game that is being developed within the borders of Germany gets censored.
"Because where's the difference?" he reasoned. "I mean, [the enemies in Gears of War] are human-like, and the things you do to them… ah, they really have nice finishers! That flamethrower finisher, he rams the flamethrower into the body, pulls the trigger and the flames come out of every body part. That's in stores."
Dead Island: Riptide will be released in North America and Europe in April 2013.