Dead Rising 3 Will Not Be Released in Germany

German gaming site Games Welt reported last night (thanks to Cheater87 for sending this in) that the BPJM (Bundeprüfstelle für Jugendgefährende Medien), Germany's entertainment software self-regulation body, has refused to rate Capcom's Xbox One launch title, Dead Rising 3, effectively banning it from release within the region.

The BPJM did not give a particular reason for the ban. Germany is particularly strict when it comes to violent video games. Developers and publishers often have to heavily modify games to get them suitable for release in Germany.

Microsoft has confirmed with Destructoid that the game will not be coming to Germany later this year

"Dead Rising 3 will not be released in Germany as part of the Xbox One launch line-up on November 22, having been unable to attain an age-rating upon review by BPJM (Bundeprüfstelle für Jugendgefährende Medien), the country's entertainment software self-regulation body," a Microsoft representative said.

"While Microsoft is disappointed with this decision, we respect the views of the review panel and have withdrawn Dead Rising 3 from Germany's Xbox One launch line-up."

Source: Games Welt

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    Is Tacc really arguing that self-censorship is better than government censorship?

    Let's not forget that in both cases, the end user is denied freedom of choice and the developer is denied freedom of expression.

    Yeah "freiwillige selbstkontrolle" (voluntary self-regulation) sounds so harmless – sounds as if they're just being good citizens and stopping themselves from doing harm, rather than what they're really doing, which is denying others their rights. It's very Orwellian indeed. I would have thought that, of all people, the Germans should have learnt a lesson about that.

    Censorship is bad no matter who's doing it.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    Is it because they mentioned a political party that is banned or we must forget about so Germany will commit a third great holocaust or mass genocide of a certain people?

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    tacc says:

    […]that the German government has refused to rate[…]

    Here we go yet again…

    The USK is not the government. It is basically a company.

    Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle – Entertaiment Software Self-Regulation

    It's part of the Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Unterhaltungssoftware GmbH (Voluntary Self-Regulation Entertainment Software GmbH [company with limited liability]).

    They regulate themselfes so the government doesn't do anything at all here. Some backward christian conservative politicians may complain that they are not strict enough but that's about it.

    Developers and publishers often have to heavily modify games to get them suitable for release in Germany.

    I agree. Oh wait. It's 2013. Nevermind then.


    [number of games not released in germany] – [number of games censored in germany]


    11 – 24



    8 – 21



    6 – 13



    6 – 7




    Keep in mind that an unknown number of games was already censored by the devloper before they even tried to get a rating.

    For example Fallout: New Vegas. It was censored prior to the rating and it got a USK 18. But the Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition was submitted uncensored. And what happened? Also got a USK 18 rating. So it was pointless to censor it in the first place.

    And some of those edits are quite the opposite of "heavily modified".

    Like Oblivion:

    It's unclear why they even did that.


    Or FlatOut:

    They definitely could have released it uncensored…


    People should update their knowledge instead of endlessly repeating the same wrong or outdates information… Hitler is dead by the way. I hear that some americans still think he's alive (just over 120 years old by now).

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