Gears 2 avoiding Germany, possibly Japan

[UPDATE] Microsoft confirms Epic Games sequel won't be released in violent-media-sensitive central European country; island nation plans still up in the air.

Many gamers are counting down to the November release of Epic's sequel to its 2006 Xbox 360 hit, Gears of War. The game is due for worldwide launch on November 7, but not every territory will be part of the global release. Today, Microsoft reps confirmed to GameSpot that, the ultraviolent Gears of War 2 won't be released in Germany.

Germany: 100% Brumak-free since 2006.

"Microsoft works closely with retailers, ratings organizations, and other partners to determine the best approach for our titles in markets around the world," the company said in a statement. "[As such] Gears of War 2 will not be released in Germany."

The lack of a German release would not be a surprise; the country has a strict classifications system for games, and the original Gears of War game was refused a rating. This led to Microsoft canceling the release of the game in the violent-media-sensitive country, in accordance with its policy on unrated games.

Web reports say that the central European nation won't be the only one missing out on hero Marcus Fenix's second assault on the Locust horde. The online edition of Edge magazine reports that Japan will also not receive the game, which bears a hard M for Mature rating the United States.

However, Microsoft would not confirm nor deny that report, saying only that is has "no announcements to make about Gears of War 2 releasing in Japan at this time."

Skipping Japan might be a bit of blow for Microsoft's efforts to crack the Japanese market, where the Xbox 360 has lagged far behind the Wii and PlayStation 3. Released in January 2007 in the territory, the original Gears went on to sell more than 33,000 copies in its first week and made the sales chart top 10, despite being a 360-exclusive shooter from a Western developer.

One thing that is for certain, though, is that Gears of War 2 will not be available for the PC. In a recent interview for GameSpot UK's Start/Select show, Epic president Mike Capps responded to the question "Are we ever going to see Gears of War 2 for the PC?" with a flat "No." That sentiment was seconded by design director Cliff Bleszinski in an interview with GameSpot's San Francisco office.

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mastodonfatguy
mastodonfatguy

i feel bad for germany but thats what u get for starting WW2.

wolfmann
wolfmann

dunno what to think man germany kinda sucks anyway

jmrwacko
jmrwacko

I'd rather live in Japan and be allowed to masturbate to hentai in public than live in the United States and have to chop off my weiner to play some GoW2. Wait, let me think that over again...

Zygoti
Zygoti

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twentymooseman
twentymooseman

(sarcastically) I agree with blood mist. the corporate fat cats are destroying civilization. ONE DAY THE WORKERS OF THE WORLD WILL STAND UP AGAINST CAPITALIST PIGS AND REFORM THE MARXIST DREAM! which takes place of the American dream, and entails shipping people off to labor camps for speaking out against our oh so gracious, fascist, dictators.

Peter_2
Peter_2

To all you idiots saying how hypocritical it is for Germany to not allow a video game but murder millions of people, PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS! The Germany of today is not the same as in 1939. The Germany of today can't be held accountable for what a couple of idiots did. Do you think Americans should still be held responsible for the slavery of the black people in the 1800's? Of course not! Those were different times. Get off their back! If Germany decides it's too violent for their citizens to play, so what? That's just more Gears 2 for us! So just think about what you're saying before you post it here and it makes you sound stupid!

cocomacoco
cocomacoco

i don't want to be German ever! lol

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

let japan stick wit Godzilla, & leave all da blood, & gore 2 us Americans!

education
education

I dont give a "you know what" about where its not being released. Leave the japanese with their beloved pokemon. I'll be playing gears 2 on the 7th so thats all that matters to me

pimperjones
pimperjones

Different cultures different norms. In places like Japan and Germany, tabooed sexuality is far more rapant than ultra violence in mainstream media. Where as in America sexuality in media is controlled while violence is left unchecked. It really boils down to culture and social norms, neither is right and neither is wrong. Just different cultures.

godofwarfan1
godofwarfan1

as long as the united states gets it, thats all that matters to me

goldeneye_basic
goldeneye_basic

I was just about to type a rant on how hypocritical that would be if Japan were to ban this game like other countries do because of violence. Especially since some of their Anime is horrifically violent, including rape. However, I realized that this article did not really say why it wouldn't be released in Japan. The article just implies that Gears 2 is not releasing in Japan because of violence. What a terribly written story. I'm noticing a trend with Gamespot articles taking a drop in quality over the past year. Don't lump Japan in with Germany as to why a game may not release in either country unless you state the reasons why for both, not just one. That is very irresponsible reporting.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Mmmmm...hate to burst the bubble on the American way but, the reason we have the highest prison population is we outlaw so called *drugs* far more than just about every other country.Which is part of the system where big, fake fatcats line their pocket with buyoffs to let drugs get into the country in the first place.It's a giant sham.

trw534
trw534

i would be mad if i lived in germany cause ther missing out on a good game

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

i hate microsoft games in general (AoE 3 is such a let down). so i can be neither here no there.

living_wmd_888
living_wmd_888

@Krunkcity: Another anti-Japan racist comment. You know the rest of the world, including most of our European "allies" think we in the US are a bunch of sexual Puritan prudes with phallic fetishes with guns and gun violence, right? It's an unfair a generalization about us as some of these anti-Japan statements are, but it's perception, and it's a fact we have the largest prison population and the largest percentage of our people in prison at any one time, due to gun violence and drugs. There's no need for people to spew racist comments at Japan for banning this. It's not like YOU live there and should even care.

trollkind
trollkind

Yeah, because "we, ze germans" are all crazy about murdering people. Talking about germany is somehow always a fail internationaly but I blame the history classes and books, even we in germany had WW2 until we were sick of it and nothing about germany since then.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Its always been odd that Germany is so anti-violence. They were totally cool with putting real people in camps and experimenting, torturing and murdering them by the thousands... but video games with guns is what they consider to be crossing the line.

trollkind
trollkind

I'm german but since I buy every game and movie and book in english from the UK amazon, I don't really care. German censors are as silly with violence as the US ones are concerning sex. Well, banning nipples (and we all seen them, at least in the mirror) may be a bit more silly than depictions of eviscerations with chainsaws (which I hope nobody of us every has to see).

Bahaa3000
Bahaa3000

I think it has to go in Japan , people are actually buying 360's there at this time . which imo is due to the release of these high profile games such as FABLE 2 , GOW 2 and Left For Dead

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Let em stick with mario and other coin collecting characters.

Krunkcity3000
Krunkcity3000

Toro_Nev Posted Oct 23, 2008 12:42 am GMT Like most others I wonder why not Japan, because for some reason MS cant break into their market. Because in Japan and other zenophobic countries, people tend to buy their countries products first and tend to look down on foreign products. Not to mention the fact that 80% of the world's weird comes from Japan. I'm pretty sure I read that on the internet somewhere, so it must be true.

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

Its the 21st century and people are still making rascist comments...go back to your caves you primitive little whitestains.

D2T8L
D2T8L

Aren't the Germans notorious for making M rated situations? ...WWI...WWII...Holocaust... But they can't release a game killing Pale people? And stevsta, You can get the game many ways on an Army base it will take a while thought.

Great_Ragnarok
Great_Ragnarok

Proman84 Posted Oct 23, 2008 6:29 pm GMT Well, Germany isn't exactly known for smart goverments for a reason. ------------------------------------------------------ LMAO good point!

Great_Ragnarok
Great_Ragnarok

Germany and Australian rating boards need to get their heads out of their asses and realize adults play games as well! what a bunch of morons!

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

oh well germany you are a pal terrotiry so you can import of us in the uk don't let them sill classifacation board boss any of you adults about and tell you what you can and can't play.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i hate classification boards they are ment to just give things a rating but instead they ban things they should not be making decesions for adults. that is wrong. i would be pissed if i lived in germany. why would they skip japan though they usually let any thing go.

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

I am glad I do not live in Germany, because of this I would be very mad!!!! I need me my gears!!!!

Roggirek
Roggirek

@ skreb masters They probably could, bit idk if they would really want to release a watered down version. Dont get me wrong, i think thats is an excellent feature, and should be included in more and more games. It lets kids experience the great story without all the gore. I must say, i will turn gore on for chainsaw duels.

Skreb-Masters
Skreb-Masters

Doesn't the game have blood and swearing filters? Can't they just release it with those off?

stevsta
stevsta

I just hope this does not affect me over here in the Kaiserlautern army base i'm at if it does germany sucks again

Skreb-Masters
Skreb-Masters

Doesn't the game have violence and swearing filters? Couldn't they just release it with just those off?

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

I guess Bill Gates was watching Seinfeld and thought you know what japan NO GEARS FOR YOU!

BradHummr
BradHummr

I bet if it isn't released in Japan, it will come back to bite them. Or worse! @_@ Japan will be mad they didn't get the game and won't send a top-notch title of theirs that everyone was looking forward to, to the U.S.

Lecce
Lecce

I live in Germany. If you´re over 18, you can import it (Austria, UK,...)and it´s NOT illegal to have that game, they just don´t release it over here. But I don´t know about the DLC of Gow2.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

Well, guys in Germany that want it will still get it somehow. As for Japan, I don't think Gears is their kinda game anyway, lol. Its definitely mine though ;)

XenoLair
XenoLair

no gow2 in japan? the land of the rising sun is the origin of horror movies.. with gore. i really don't see why there will be no gow2 in nippon.

Schwarte
Schwarte

First off: I live in Germany. Secondly: I watched South Park yesterday, it is NOT banned. (I call that strong evidence that it is not..!) Thirdly: I would also not call Germany "sensitive" in general as has been done in the comments. Violence is a strong topic, as violence amongst youngsters is becoming a problem (not compared to most other countries, but compared to a few years ago). Depictions of intercourse and likewise are rather well accepted by now. And last but not least: Import from UK = takes 1 day longer

Proman84
Proman84

Well, Germany isn't exactly known for smart goverments for a reason.

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

I take it you guys (and gals) in Germany and elsewhere can just order this game or get it through other means? Or, is it also "blocked" for play due to regional restrictions on the console? I've never imported a game, so I honestly don't know how this works, hehehe

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. With the forthcoming, mature rated Biohazard 5 scheduled for Japan, one could question why a Japanese release of Gears of War 2 would be an issue.

phoenix_style
phoenix_style

I didn't think that it would come out on the pc, because it's a hassel transfering the game play to too many different disks, and they have to think that their last buy'ers were all playing xbox 360's for the first gears. So all their profit will come from the people who bot the first gears.

nintendokid
nintendokid

Germany banned South Park? God help us all. That means you won't get to watch the new Indiana Jones episode. HAHAHA I don't get to laugh my guts out like that everyday. Very silly episode and funny.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

Moonstrider, angry parents have gotton all sex or anything close to it takin out of most games, t.v., and movies, also, did you know the head hanchos of the place that gives movies ratings are preists? one of them catholic? that may have a good impact on why sex and nudity is frowned upon in movies, games, and t.v.........that and parents that ***** about everything corrupting their child although most childern act the way their parents do or something like that. Did you know in Canada they see sex as, not inappropriate, but natural? they also don't like violence, so they are the complete opposite of us. its the parents that hate sex in anything, that and a few catholics, mormons, so and so. point is, your right, we don't hate sex, its just the parents want everything censored.......the morons need to grow up, and except childern will most likely see these things anyway, unless they die really young. wow, that was a long rant.

Ravanofdarkness
Ravanofdarkness

Man this blows i shouldnt moved over to Germany from the States owell guess ill buy my Copy of the Internet take that you jew killers!!!

Paladin_King
Paladin_King

I wonder how many Germans just end up buying games from France or the UK. I'm sure many of them can speak those languages and it's not as though their systems won't play the games. Western Europe's a small place, so i wonder how big a deal this really is for someone living in Germany.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

its not just Germany thats like this, they banned South Park in Russia, they need to get over themselves and accept its just a freaking game, if i lived in russia or germany, i'd move to america, but since i live in america, all is well......save for whiny parents who can't raise childern without pointing a finger at games and t.v. for their kids' actions.............sorry, i get pissed at this kinda things easily.

rebel_punk34
rebel_punk34

Can't say I didn't see this coming, I know many games haven't been released in multiple reasons over many issues. Germany being a violent-media-sensitive country just happens to be another, it might have to do with WWII. Or could be something completely different who knows.

jawshoeuh
jawshoeuh

wow. poor germans and i guess possibly japanese. is this because of that whole axis powers thing? oh it's not? my bad.