Wolfenstein: The New Order is out now; here’s our Wolfenstein: The New Order review.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is contraband. The international version is, anyway, but only in Germany. Not surprisingly, Wolfenstein is rife with Nazi imagery, and that’s frowned upon in Germany. So much so that it’s entirely illegal.
“A violation may result in confiscation of the Game, a high financial penalty or up to three years in prison. Any person involved and/or responsible for such violation may be prosecuted and sentenced, including officers and employees of companies involved,” says Bethesda.
So the German (and Austrian) version, both physical and digital, of Wolfenstein has had some elements cut out. It’s only the Nazi stuff, though.
The rest of the game, Bethesda assures, remains unchanged. “Please note that the adaptation is in respect of Nazi content only, and although there are some legally required differences, the levels of violence and action remain the same as in the international version,” said the publisher.
It seems pretty straight forward and is unlikely to ruin anyone’s experience of the game. Unless they were super-excited to see loads of Nazi icons. And in that case, maybe they should find another passion.
It’s not the sort of ludicrous censorship seen back in March, when various versions of South Park: The Stick of Truth had scenes cut pre-emptively by Ubisoft themselves.
Cheers, Blue’s News.