Due to Germany getting rather irate whenever anyone asks them what they were up to between 1939 and 1945, international PC versions of Wolfenstein: The New Order will be fenced off from Germany and Austria in order to prevent anyone in those countries from seeing that symbol. You know, the one that shall not be named.
As the Bethesda Blog explained, it all comes down to the developer and publisher not wanting to skip out on German territories when the game is released, as that country has rather strict rules on any such Nazi imagery being seen. In fact, the current build of the game is downright illegal in the Fatherland.
“In order to prevent any digital copies of the international version from being sold, exported, imported or distributed into Germany, PC versions will be geo-locked so that they cannot be activated within Germany,” Bethesda wrote on their blog.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is a fictional story set in an alternate universe in the 1960?s. Names, characters, organizations, locations and events are either imaginary or depicted in a fictionalized manner.
The story and contents of this game are not intended to and should not be construed in any way to condone, glorify or endorse the beliefs, ideologies, events, actions, persons or behaviour of the Nazi regime or to trivialize its war crimes, genocide and other crimes against humanity.
On the plus side, when German and Austrian players to get their hands on the re-skinned game, it’ll still be with oodles of violence. Hopefully. Or maybe you’ll see unicorns gush out of a freshly-made torso wound. Germany is weird like that.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is out May 20 on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Last Updated: May 6, 2014