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Wolfenstein Classic dropped from Austrian, Swiss App Stores

Thursday, 25th August 2011 04:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The iOS version of classic shooter Wolfenstein 3D has dropped off the radar in some European territories.

Austria and Switzerland have both pulled the game from sale, although it remains available in other territories.

A tweet from id Software’s John Carmack suggests problematic in-game imagery is at the root of the trouble:

“The iOS App Stores in Switzerland and Austria just lost Wolfenstein Classic due to the offensive swastikas,” he said.

Wolfenstein Classic is the iDevice port of Wolfenstein 3D, one of the earliest first-person shooters, which sees players storming a Nazi stronghold. Id Software famously built on the game’s success with Doom and Quake, both seminal titles in a genre which now dominates the industry.

Thanks, GameInformer.

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  1. DarkElfa

    Because denying history is the best way to insure it’s revival.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. ultramega

    Censorship: the only answer to fascism.

    Oh, the irony….

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    April 1st, 2032. World War 3 was officially declared by the Austrian government today. Many blame the recent resurgence in international conflict on society’s youths lack of exposure to such culturally relevant material as the historically accurate Wolfenstein 3D.

    More at 11.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Schindet Nemo

    I don’t get it. This is the first time i’ve heard that the Austrian government is censoring something. I mean Wolfenstein for the 360 as well as Return to Castle Wolfenstein and any other game featuring Nazis were shipped without any cuts. Hell we don’t even have a rating board for that, we use PEGI.

    @1
    It’s not about denying history, it’s about making sure those fucks will never rise to power again.

    #4 3 years ago