Ubisoft removes swastikas from German version of South Park RPG

You won't find any Nazi symbols in the German iteration of Obsidian Entertainment's role-playing game.

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The German version of South Park: The Stick of Truth, the upcoming role-playing game from Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment, will not feature any swastikas, Ubisoft has confirmed. The Nazi symbols were discovered by VG247 during a recent play-through.

"With regards to the German version, all Nazi symbols have been removed from the game in accordance with German law," an Ubisoft representative told the site.

South Park: The Stick of Truth is not only censored in Germany, but also many other regions worldwide. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that various anal probing and abortion scenes had been censored for the United Kingdom, European, and Middle Eastern versions of the game.

The South Park franchise, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is known for pushing the envelope, so it comes as little surprise that their original vision for the game would have to be pared back somewhat to meet specific regional guidelines.

In the United States, South Park: The Stick of Truth is rated M-for-Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Below is a selection of the ESRB's content description for the game.

Cutscenes occasionally depict “cartoony” characters dismembered or decapitated. The game includes several instances of mature humor and sexual material: one extended sequence depicts characters getting anally probed by alien creatures; another sequence (in an abortion clinic) depicts doctors using a vacuum to perform procedures on male characters; one level takes place inside the rectum/colon of a character (sex toys, random objects and fecal matter appear in the level)—all sequences are depicted in a cartoony and over-the-top manner. Characters are occasionally depicted nude (e.g., breasts, buttocks, male genitalia); one extended sequence depicts an out-of-focus couple having sex in the background; as players engage in turn-based battle in the foreground, sexual moaning sounds/dialogue is heard. During the course of the game, drug paraphernalia can be seen strewn around a methamphetamine lab. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” “a*shole,” and “f*ggot” can be heard in the dialogue.

South Park: The Stick of Truth launches March 4 for PC and consoles. Be sure to check out our newly published preview of The Stick of Truth, written by GameSpot editor Mark Walton. He says, "South Park: The Stick of Truth is shaping up to be every bit as crude, offensive, and poorly animated as the legendary TV show."

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Discussion

405 comments
so_hai
so_hai

A big man with a swastika on his arm came up to me yesterday. He was bald and he said that he wanted to give me a pamphlet. He also said that there were elements in society that he wanted to eradicate and destroy, and he was saying something about how he hated 'news' or something. I said that I didn't want the pamphlet and he said that I was part of the virus on society.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I had no idea there were really swastikas in the game, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised. And you know they will do it right. I'm glad my sense of humor isn't very limited. There are some things that are not O.K. but very few to me.

simonmetcalf
simonmetcalf

I've ordered the uncut version.  In Australia we're ok with Nazism but can't handle getting probed in the arse, apparently!  Go figure!!!

tonytones21
tonytones21

But why would they do something like that in the first place!!!????

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

I know about German law in relation to swastikas but I don't think its a good law. It serves no purpose. If anyone uses them as a brand then you would obviously know who are bad and I think its ridiculous to suppress history based off of images and not be able to use it within culture. That is backwards. 

bathory82
bathory82

It make sense to censor a game to just the germans. It´s only 70 years ago so it is to soon to show a swastika in a satir/make fun of everything series. from sweden by the way so i am not offended in the way the youth of the germans are.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

imagine if S.P. made a clone army of George w bush that would be worst then nazis

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

those germans don't like to be reminded do they. the next S.P. game should go back to when england went to war with china to make them do drugs

remiaw
remiaw

All of Europe?  :(   Was thinking about buying this for ps3.  Hope it will be uncut on Steam so i can buy it there instead

supercakefish
supercakefish

Censorship for the UK? What is this nonsense? We're the most US-like country outside of North America! I bet that's just the publisher grouping us in together with Germany in one single European region.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

That's a relief.  We wouldn't want those Germans to get any funny ideas.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

It's not like I'm a fan of anal-probing or abortions, but I'm definitely going to be importing the US version of the game.

LoganDaDestroya
LoganDaDestroya

I thought a recent change in German law allowed this kind of thing since they now consider Video Games as Art, and therefore Swastikas are allowed in that context?

It's annoying that we still have to censor this kind of stuff, it creates deviations from the original vision of the game and keeps society in a bad mindset of trying to pretend problems don't exist and making it harder to come to terms with them as a whole.

Hurvl
Hurvl

The ESRB's descriptions of games often make me more positively inclined towards a game, to the point where I see ESRB as Entertaining Solid Reasons for Buying. 

"one level takes place inside the rectum/colon of a character" A-hole level? Interesting.

DIGN
DIGN

Aw man mods are here. It's like my entire fanbase has decided to show up.

Bimdeman
Bimdeman

I can't believe after South Park has been around close to 20 years, how many adults still get so butthurt by it. Grow up?

klunt_bumskrint
klunt_bumskrint moderator moderator

I've reeeeeally been looking forward to this game. I understand about the swastika being removed as it's not allowed on anything in Germany and rightly so.

If I'm going to be losing out on content here in the UK though I will not be a happy bunny.....

I'm a grown up and can decide for myself if something is appropriate for me thank you very much .

colbster
colbster

They should be proud of their iconography.

Raeldor
Raeldor

I don't know about Stick of Truth, I think these governments have a Stick up their Arse when it comes to censorship.

gufberg
gufberg

I think thats totally fine. Germany has a past which they're very serious about. Not treating that with the gravity it deserves is unfitting. I get that. 

GinsuVictim
GinsuVictim

Why do the Germans think they should hide their history? Let the atrocities of the past be remembered.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

@Mkeegs79 It is part of the countries history, they shouldn't hide from it.  Remember, learn, and don't make the mistakes of the past.

hystavito
hystavito

@Mkeegs79  I agree that it's not right to ban a symbol like that, but maybe it was something they were basically forced into and now is just too difficult to undo, for various reasons.


Also I guess I have to admit that it's easy for people like us to say that it's wrong because all that terrible stuff is just distant history to us.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@suppaphly42  Yeah, because Bush was a dictator that ruled the land that had killed millions of people in gas chambers and tried to expand and integrate other countries, he allowed experiments on people, and allowed hatred of a race to go unchecked. Yeah, the nazis sound soooooo much better than Bush. The Nazis never did anything bad compared to him. Geez...

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

The PC version is uncut. Any idea if the Steam version requires Uplay like a lot of other Ubisoft games.?

unreal101
unreal101

@Bimdeman If anything, it's a sign of continued success, that it still manages to piss people off.

simonmetcalf
simonmetcalf

@acanofcoke  I don't understand why Germans are so sensitive still.  It's been a while and they've moved on to better things.  It's not like Nazism is or ever will be a threat again.


If anything their sensitivity suggests a lingering belief and devotion towards Nazism and the German master race.  Can't they handle the joke?  Oh wait...they're the least funny people in the world!


NB.  I love Germany!

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Only the console versions are censored in the UK. The PC version is uncut. The PC requirements aren't very high so you should be able to run it if you have a half-decent PC.

GinsuVictim
GinsuVictim

@colbster  Anyone proud of THAT particular iconography should be shot or imprisoned.

krystyla
krystyla

@GinsuVictim I ask again because I am genuinely interested do you know of the trail of tears?

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator moderator

@GinsuVictim  Do you really think that the Swastika's used in a South Park game is used to "remember" the atrocities? It'll be part of a joke of course.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@x-2tha-z The PC version is NOT uncut but the cuts aren't the same as on console.  The UK version is uncut, for instance.  See PC Gamer's website.

Also, pretty much everything Ubisoft does goes through U-Play, unfortunately.

el_swanno
el_swanno

They DO get imprisoned in Germany. There's a whole range of offenses that carry a 5 year prison sentence.

Apparently when Bryan Singer was filming "Valkyrie" in Germany they had to get special permission from the German government to hang those swastika banners and even then they were back to front and the picture had to be flipped horizontally.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Yeah I was talking about the UK PC version. I should've mentioned that in my post. And it has been confirmed by Obsidian that it's a Steam game with Steam achievements. No Uplay required.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@krystyla @Riddick123 @GinsuVictim  who are you kidding? I grew up in Oklahoma and we had to take a history course of Oklahoma and they talk about the relocation of indians to Oklahoma.