South Park RPG delayed in Germany, Austria over "unconstitutional symbol"

Ubisoft's South Park: The Stick of Truth delayed on all platforms due to its depiction of what must be swastikas.

South Park: The Stick of Truth has been delayed across all versions and platforms in Germany and Austria due to its depiction of an "unconstitutional symbol," presumably a swastika.

"The German and Austrian version of South Park: The Stick of Truth contains a symbol of an unconstitutional organization, whereupon we stopped the distribution of the game and unfortunately will not be able to release it as initially planned on March 6, 2014 on the German and Austrian market. This concerns all versions/platforms of the game," a Ubisoft representative told GameSpot today.

"We are extremely sorry for the additional waiting time this will mean for the fans of the game. A new release date of South Park: The Stick of Truth for the German and Austrian market will be announced shortly," the representative added. "We invite customers who have preordered the game to liaise directly with their retailers, who will keep them updated on the new release date."

A Ubisoft representative said last week that all Nazi symbols were removed from South Park: The Stick of Truth "in accordance with German law." However, it appears some must have made it through.

South Park: The Stick of Truth launched in North America yesterday, March 4, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. For more, check out what the critics are saying.

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116 comments
gatozombii
gatozombii

Im so glad to not live in Europe and have all these restrictions on games. Especially Australia I know its not Europe but they're the worst on game bans in general. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

It's too bad the governments are too stupid or closed minded to realize they aren't making light of it at all. If anything they are making a mockery of it. I haven't played the game yet, but it's South Park, so derp de derp?

DantheMan9856
DantheMan9856

They're more offended by a swastika than an unborn baby zombie wearing a swastika?

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Looks like it's going Bionic Commando.

observer98
observer98

"Those who forget their past are doomed to repeat it." - Me. :)

xand3rro
xand3rro

"delayed" eh what ? you can still get this on steam here in Germany. Who buys retail anymore....

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

But this is weird, they already talked about those cuts weeks ago.

Oh well, import and problem solved.

mihael88
mihael88

germoney government got mental issues

Prometheus
Prometheus

Yes, give the symbol more power than it deserves.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Completely off topic, but I need to activate my ad-blocker for Gamespot. I'm sorry, I want to be supporting, but there are a lot of disturbing images popping into some links (I'm talking about beat up children and dead fetuses).

thatguy_b
thatguy_b

Geez, it's a part of history. A dark one, but a part of your history nonetheless. Deal with it! All countries have one. You know what we do in my country when someone brings it up? We give them an Oscar.

Karchy
Karchy

Wouldn't it be more fun to fight against Wall Street bankers instead of Nazis?
Come on, this isn't a time travel game..

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Also, out of curiosity.

What if you just invert it.

Then it's the East-Indian symbol, which means something totally different.

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

Ha ha, this reminds of the Fallout games of old (1&2) where you could kill kids. The European versions of the games were edited so that there were no kids. 

Aleksanian
Aleksanian

I can foresee a future south park episode that will make fun of the germans over this.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

Some must have made it through indeed.

Ubisoft, you underestimated how cheeky Trey Parker and Matt Stone can be. :P

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

That's the area that turned the symbol from something harmless into what it is today. I'm pretty sure anyone with a working brain knows the average German/Austrian has no involvement in Nazism anymore. They can chill out with their censorship.


My dad's family are German, so maybe I don't get it...

horishma
horishma

Cross-Post.


These laws were enacted shortly after WW2, at the time they made sense, there was no Internet or TV, things were a lot easier to control compared to now.


The reason the Bundestag doesn’t update these antiquated laws, is due to the fact that they don’t want to open a can of worms. They don’t want to be seen as lessening the atrocities that happened during WW2 by messing around with something that’s currently ingrained in their Constitution.


On the other hand these laws exist also as a reminder of their past, they do celebrate the liberation of Auschwitz with a National Holiday, and don’t really gloss over history in their school books.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Just turn the swastikas into sauwastikas, you know, the backwards ones that mean good luck and balance?  Then re-release the game.

ACMC85
ACMC85

What does the Publisher expect? Of course Germany is scared of such a horrific symbol. Most people should be too, it caused so much suffering and pain. Knowing it is one thing, but to openly display it for entertainment is another. South Park is a great show and one of the best topical pieces of entertainment, but I understand Germany and Austria's problem.

krystyla
krystyla

Uh this is ubisofts doing... South Park airs w/ a 16+ rating in TV and there were plenty of episodes with a Hakenkreuz

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@gatozombii /facepalm
Will people ever learn that Europe is not a single country?
well, I am glad to live in Europe and have a proper educational system that prevent me from making this kind of erroneous assumptions.

Hak
Hak

@Vidpci  Suggesting that he was entirely alone and had no assistance whatsoever. Oh wait...

JachAnen
JachAnen

@xsonicchaos Do I even want to know what you have looked at for them to think those commercials are okay for you??

VincentAntonio
VincentAntonio

@thatguy_b

I agree with you and yes Germans are much into that, but also consider that those anti- Nazisymbols laws were imposed to them after WW2 by the allies.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@thatguy_b In museums, story books and movies those symbols are present. I can assure you it's dealt with everyday, Including internet and its retarded 9gag jokes regarding the topic.

Nyukn
Nyukn

@thatguy_b  In Austria there is no censorship. That descision came from Ubisoft themselves. We also have Wolfenstein etc. uncensored (we use the pegi system, not usk like Germany), but for Ubisoft there is no difference between those two countries. The same for steam with the pc version: Austria - Australia sounds alike, let's censor everything.

Dharkanon
Dharkanon

@VenkmanPHD  The symbol means many things, but they use it to mean NAZIs, so inverting it would make no difference... it is also not only the swastika that is censored, but several iconic symbols of the national socialist regime.

Sargoroth
Sargoroth

@horishmaAt least one post with a little sense in it, thank you.

And I might add: I'd say the majority of us Germans doesn't even know, why we have that kind of National Holidays anymore and doesn't care about seeing swastikas...

There aren't many people still alive today who were old enough in the 1930/40s to remember anything about it aside the things you're told in school (or maybe heard from grand-/parents). So there aren't many ppl who are emotianally linked to that time and symbol anymore...it's just old laws no one dares to change (but probably not many care about anyways).

Dharkanon
Dharkanon

@Thanatos2k  Doing this would change the 'sign' but not the 'signified' - people in uniforms with armbands and inverted swastikas are still signs for NAZIism - if they redressed them as hippies and made them ramble about peace and balance, then they could re-release...

surferosh
surferosh

@ACMC85    please see my comment above regarding the other cultures that use the symbol... it is not the symbol to be blamed but the evil people who were associated with it in recent history. 


more historical facts here >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika


learn and be a better person. 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@krystyla In TV there is no problem since movies and series are considered art. So nope, not Ubisoft doing.

alikk013
alikk013

@tightwad34 well stop it. better you money goes to steam then to the stupid government that censors it in the first place, as taxes.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@JachAnen

I don't know why I feel the need to defend myself, but I swear I'm not into that s**t. If I were browsing weird crap, why would I find those things disturbing?

VincentAntonio
VincentAntonio

@Warlord_Irochi @thatguy_b

Perhaps I am misinformed, I just talked about this with someone and in German museums even the WW2 planes and vehicles have “censored” the swastika.

VincentAntonio
VincentAntonio

@Nyukn

Ugh! Really? If you are Austrian you are screwed up then. Because Australia is the most backwards, medieval puritan country I have heard about, with a long list of censored books videogames and movies, because off course the Australian government is “too worry” to “protect” the Australian people and kids (side note: nothing against Australian people is against their government I just hate censorship in general).


chasloyal
chasloyal

@Nyukn @thatguy_b  Grüß gott, wo in österreich bist du? Ich bin Ich bin in Eisenstadt, as you can see I can do a bit of German but English is better seeing I'm a Brit.


Quick question for you: I got a British registered PSN account but as I've already told you I'm over here in Burgenland. Do you have any idea if I'll be blocked from downloading this game late tonight/tomorrow when it launches on the UK PS store because of my IP address? 


I'm hoping and assuming I'll be able to purchase it because of my British account but I'm not so sure now. I've asked Jawad from PS Europe in the official EU Playstation blog what the score is but as usual no reply which takes the piss!

Dharkanon
Dharkanon

@smitherean @horishma  The states could learn something, not to mentions most major colonial powers. They all have a tendency to gloss over a lot of problematic aspects of their history.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@VincentAntonio That is because war vehicles generally use the Iron Cross; which was the symbol of the German army since some generations already and even today is the symbol of the "Bundeswerk" or German Army.

But still, the few cases in which you can see a swastika or some "SS" Runes in a vehicle is going to be in a museum or a TV documentary. Seen a few of them already in various mjuseums in Köln, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt myself :)

Nyukn
Nyukn

@chasloyal @Nyukn @thatguy_b  No, you are not blocked when you login with your UK account, but some scenes are censored in europe anyway for consoles. They just added the symbol censorship for Germany and Austria.. I was thinking about importing the game from Canada, it would be cheaper anyway. Ich bin aus Wien, but even though i am an Austrian, i can't stand the german language. I prefer english.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@VenkmanPHD @ps3gamer1234 @n0xinab0x  Yeah, it's not like it's real.  It's a fucking game.


The original Syndicate was going to have mom's with baby strollers, but they were cut before the final game.