Posted on May 6, 2014 AT 03:04am
Bethesda has geo-locked the uncensored international version of Wolfenstein: The New Order on PC to prevent it being accessed in Germany and Austria.
The international (non-German language) version of the game includes Nazi-related symbols and content, which are banned under German law. “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,” the publisher explained.
“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 added. “On the basis of legal advice and industry standard practice, we are also not making the international version available for sale in Austria.”
A special German language adapted version will be available to purchase from select distributors in Germany and Austria. Bethesda notes that although some of the content has been altered “the levels of violence and action remain the same as in the international version.”
“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 behavior of the Nazi regime or to trivialize its war crimes, genocide and other crimes against humanity,” Bethesda concluded.
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