Wolfenstein: The New Order PC version will be geo-locked

Tuesday, 6th May 2014 02:17 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Wolfenstein: The New Order will be geo-locked on PC, preventing German and Austrian gamers from accessing the International, non-edited version.


As detailed on the Bethesda Blog, the international version of Wolfenstein: The New Order contains Nazi-related symbols and content and cannot by law be sold, imported or distributed in Germany. There are serious legal ramifications for publisher Bethesda if it does not take steps to prevent this occurring.

“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.

The international version will also be unavailable in Austria. Both Germany and Austria will receive a version of the game with the offending assets altered or removed, but “the levels of violence and action remain the same as in the international version”.

“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,” Bethesda added.

“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.”

Wolfenstein: The New Order is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on May 20.

Thanks, Blue’s News.



  1. OwnedWhenStoned

    Crap like this is one of the only downsides to living in Germany.

    I may have to wait for a crack of some description.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. mistermogul

    If it is offensive to have Nazi references to games in Germany then what the hell is it to the rest of the world?

    Shouldn’t those countries that were invaded be more offended?

    #2 8 months ago
  3. CyberMarco

    @mistermogul Exactly! If Germany has a problem with its Nazi past, then what about France, Polland, Greece and the other countries that suffered from Germany’s acts of war?

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Johnnymaxx

    Well, if I understood correctly, it is a government law issue. The German Government (and Austria, as it seems) has a specific law against nazi symbols and all that. Probably in a feble attempt to make this part of history to be forgotten over the years.

    I don’t like it and even though I understand what you guys are saying about the countries that got invaded might feel like, I believe they are doing the right thing in not prohibiting any of this. History is out there, it happened. And well… at the very least they will probably have even more fun blowing nazis’s head off… (sorry for that… I know it is serious, but hey… ^^)

    As for Germany, I also believe it should not be forbidden. Like I said, it is history, it is out there and the more you try to hide, the more it feels weird. Best thing to do would just let everyone knows that yes, there was this creepy guy that happened to be born in Germany a long time ago and was the personification of evil, but that is gone now. Let’s learn from our past, not hide it. But what do I know about politics anyway? :/

    #4 8 months ago
  5. OwnedWhenStoned

    He was actually born in Austria johnnymaxx, but your point still stands.

    As an expat living in Germany you can actually get round a lot of game censorship by having a UK Steam account or buying the game from Switzerland etc – Nazi symbology is not the only game censorship they have here – but the activation issue stops that.

    And don’t even get me started on GEMA.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. kisame

    the dam Germans shall chill and take lessons from our american brothers witch turn in sarcasm everything

    #6 8 months ago
  7. YoungZer0


    *whoosh* is the sound things make that go over your head. You’re looking at the entire topic from the wrong perspective. It’s a little bit more complicated than the things that countries like the US or turkey are doing, where they ignore or change parts of their history.

    Anyway, piracy it is then.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Blue Rose

    You see that’s all about NAZI HOLOCAUST AMERICAN BROTHERS I’m tired of this shit.
    “Nazis”, Here, “Nazis”, There, “Nazis”, Everywhere!
    What the hell you know about HISTORY,WAR,INVADER???
    American Brothers yea bro citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki know them very well…
    Real Problem is your lack of vision

    #8 8 months ago
  9. Vice

    Hillarious. Poor germans and austrians. Imo, attitude like this from publishers (and goverments) is what encourages piracy. So pirate away, germans, pirate away. If you ever needed a reason to do it — this is a perfect one.

    #9 8 months ago

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