Microsoft have confirmed that Dead Rising 3 will follow the trend of its two predecessors by being denied classification by the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK), Germany’s rating board.
This means that the game will not be released in Germany, which will be a big blow for Microsoft’s launch plans for the Xbox One in the country, due to Dead Rising 3 being one of the big hitters on the console’s launch day.
It has not been confirmed why Germany’s rating board will not allow the game to be released in the country but if you look at the organisation’s history it is clear to see they aren’t fans of violence in their video games.
The GTA series (since the third title) have been affected heavily by the USK and Rockstar have had to make edits to their titles, such as the removal of blood, to make the game pass the strict the ratings board.
Sidenote, interestingly these edits weren’t made to copies of the game specifically sold in Germany but to the German language options on all versions, so if someone outside of Germany chose the German language option the edits would run, similarly Germans could access the unedited and delightful violence of GTA if they selected a different language.
Other victims of the USK’s hardline attitude include the first and second Gears of War titles, Left 4 Dead 2, Mortal Kombat, and now the entire Dead Rising franchise.
In a statement given to Destructoid Microsoft had the following to say on the matter:
“Dead Rising 3 will not be released in Germany as part of the Xbox One launch line-up on Nov. 22 having been unable to attain an age-rating upon review by BPjM (Bundeprüfstelle für jugendgefährende Medien), the country’s entertainment software self-regulation body.
“While Microsoft is disappointed with this decision, we respect the views of the review panel and have withdrawn Dead Rising 3 from Germany’s Xbox One launch line-up. Dead Rising 3 will still be available in all other launch markets on 22 November 2013. Beyond that, we have no further comment.”
It is a shame the game has been indexed by the German federal authorities, the gaming community in Germany will certainly be missing out with this title, as Capcom have allegedly promised ‘open world Uncharted’ visuals and have claimed that no two zombies will look the same.