Dead Rising 3 won't be released in Germany

Xbox One game unable to obtain age-rating after review from Germany's entertainment software self-regulation body; Microsoft "disappointed" in the decision.

Xbox One zombie game Dead Rising 3 will not be released in Germany, at least not at launch, a Microsoft representative told GameSpot today, confirming a report from Gameswelt that said the game would not come to market in the region.

“Dead Rising 3 will not be released in Germany as part of the Xbox One launch lineup on Nov. 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.

It is not clear what specific content in Dead Rising 3 kept the game from receiving approval in Germany or if Microsoft plans to submit an altered version of the game. The original Dead Rising and its sequel are also not available in Germany.

"We are unable to comment on the ratings process or the subjective content standards, but we can say the rating was determined following a detailed review of the game," Microsoft said. "While Microsoft is disappointed with this decision, we respect the views of the review panels and have withdrawn Dead Rising 3 from Germany’s Xbox One launch line-up. Beyond that, we have no further comment.”

Since Xbox One titles are region free, gamers in Germany can still play the game by importing it from another market.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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skilby
skilby

They will buy it in Austria or Switiland instead

daemonproject
daemonproject

Doesn't mean they can't buy games anywhere else in the world just have to hope the games have German subs haha

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

no problem since the next gen consoles will be region free you can just import it from the UK or the USA, I heard the Last of Us and Beyond Two Souls got cut in the EU as well, again no problem since the PS3 is region free !! But god forbid if you are in romania and use an Xbox 360 because then good luck playing awesome games like Ninja Gaiden Black or Resident Evil Code Veronica X HD on it since the god f damn region lock and not availability -___-

sumoman23
sumoman23

The government has no right to regulate what the people purchase, view, or consume.

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

I wonder if this means that Australia won't get this either?

masterwsgamer
masterwsgamer

is this ridiculous. what's in the game thats so bad that this is necessary. i mean really, what?

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Ouch.... If I lived in Germany right now I'd be devastated.. This is the only launch game, on both consoles, I honestly want

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

Australia is just as picky about violent games.
  On the plus side for Germany - all the nudity you want!

SurfaceNerd
SurfaceNerd

I am really curious about this, and i always come out with an explanation, the only reason I can think of is the genocide of zombies, but it does not feel strong enough , i need to know WHY! why dead rising 2 & 1? WHY!

Kickable
Kickable

maybe they're not as blase over zombie mutilation as we are in the US.  there'll be a decomposing puppet on Sesame Street before too long.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Too bad for the them the game is looking great. 

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

That on top of their Federal Commissioner calling the Kinect a 'monitoring device' doesn't paint a happy picture for Microsoft in Germany..

I'm sure it'll all get resolved eventually though.  Once everyone has calmed down a little :)

xbr85
xbr85

What the f*** is up with Germany? Their rating board needs to take a chill pill. They often take these strange decisions when it comes to games.

Kjranu
Kjranu

Germany is not where to go if you want free expression. 

snaketus
snaketus

I'm not getting Xbone, so I will not be playing this game, but anyway if they decide to alter the game I really hope they don't alter it for whole Europe, because of Germany has to be asshole again!

SurfaceNerd
SurfaceNerd

Anyone care to give a decent explanation to why this game is not being approved? I am intellectually curious 

Hurvl
Hurvl

"jugendgefährende" That confirms Germany's view on video games, like most non-gamers. Jugend means young people and apparently an M-rated 18+ game is still classified as jugend, huh? I mean 18 is still pretty young, but it's not like games are just for preteen kids.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

And this surprises nobody here, we saw it coming since they made the game reveal.
Austrian/UK import and problem solved.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Dead Rising 3 is the only open-world next-gen game coming out in 2013.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

no loss. Dead Rising 2 was pretty boring. and seriously, how can you not be bored with zombies yet? 

xhawk27
xhawk27

Yet Killzone isn't banned? 


Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

@masterwsgamer probably mass slaughter and obsceneties but Dead Rising was always a riot and there are worse gory games out there, I would say even GTAV is worse "violence wise" then Dead Rising.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@warhawk-geeby Dead Rising 1 and 2 still aren't available there, so I'm guessing it won't be resolved.

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@SurfaceNerd a have some possible explanations:

 - A possibility that a game is ruled as an age 21+ game (18 too young for its content and 21+ still does not exist in their set)

 - A factor that should influence the number of people getting XboxOne (less games = less consumers), which should be in the line of thought of Germany because they already said on multiple occasions that they are (understatement)    "not impressed" with xbone and that there was a possibility of banning the console (mostly because of the spying potential of xbone).

- a possibility that the game can cause damage to the mind state or some other kind of mental disorder to people

- a possibility that could negatively influence the mind of consumer by empowering violence to human-like creatures, and because of the high graphics, the zombie-human line (the difference between them, and the difference between human and virtual objects) is blurred. 

Keep in mind, am not in this line of work, and this is all a pure guess (or by using internetZ language, am shooting stuff from my ass) 

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@DiscGuru101 Thank God it isn't. No one should have to play this generic zombie game in this day and age.

denhoffi
denhoffi

@xhawk27 Probably because there is no blood in it, in Dead Rising it's mostly melee attacks.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

@Thanatos2k @sumoman23 CP is a bad example because we dont talk about something disturbing and real as CP, its a damn video game but germany was always picky with violence ! I remember they banned Resident Evil 2 and Golden Eye right away and they had issues with Dead Space 1 and Ninja Gaiden 2 as well, they dont like violence in video games over there it seems :/

xhawk27
xhawk27

@denhoffi @xhawk27 

There is Blood in Killzone games. Cutting people necks too. 



Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Printul_Noptii @Thanatos2k @sumoman23 It's not a bad example.  It's an example of something most people would say the government very much has a right to regulate that people do not purchase, view, or consume.

So there goes the argument of absolutes.

denhoffi
denhoffi

@xhawk27 Yeah but you don't chainsaw them in the face and they don't look human in Killzone but just to be clear I'm just guessing here why they did it.