Techland has said it wasn’t surprised when Germany banned its zombie-shooter Dead Island from being sold in the country. Matter of fact, the firm and its publisher Deep Silver were aware of such a possibility “from the very beginning.”
Speaking with Eurogamer, a representative for the firm said due to Germany’s “unique regulations regarding video games and violence,” there isn’t much the industry can do but comply.
Germany’s BPJM classified the game as List B, which is reserved for media considered to be “youth-endangering”, thus the sale of anything making the list in Germany if forbidden, and punishable by law.
Media placed on List B usually contains extreme torture or Nazi content, but as of this writing, BPJM hasn’t explained what content in Dead Island warranted the ban; however, Deep Silver’s parent company Koch Media were given a full, detailed report on the matter.