Dead Rising 3 German release quashed by ratings board

Friday, 11th October 2013 00:25 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Dead Rising 3 has drawn the ire of the German ratings board, denying the Xbox One launch title a local release.

The news broke via German sources today, and Microsoft provided Destructoid with a confirmatory statement.

“Dead Rising 3 will not be released in Germany as part of the Xbox One launch line-up on November 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,” a representative said.

“While Microsoft is disappointed with this decision, we respect the views of the review panel and have withdrawn Dead Rising 3 from Germany’s Xbox One launch line-up.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.”

Precise details of the ruling were not provided, but presumably the USK’s decision hinged on violence.

The Dead Rising 3 launch trailer makes it look pretty good, so that’s quite a blow for German gamers. None of the three Dead Rising games release so far have been released in Germany.



  1. fearmonkey

    Yay censureship! It always makes such a difference…not

    #1 1 year ago
  2. SJFrK

    People will just buy it off the internet (from Austria or the UK). The only thing BPjM achieves with this is hurting local (i.e. German retail) businesses.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @2: Yep. They are fucking useless.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. MFBB

    They are not useless.

    They prevent media from being released in stores, making it harder to get especially for children (which is the main purpose).

    We adults can easily buy it but children have a hard time getting banned media which is good.

    Nobody wants kids to play slaughter games with extreme graphic violent, same for movies etc.

    Same thing with America where nudity/erotic is always cut out/censored, in Germany its violence.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. bradk825

    Don’t they know violent video games are the most fun for children?

    j/k. Still though, kind of silly this game would be unavailable. Didn’t GTA V get a German release?

    #5 1 year ago

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