I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but whenever you’re feeling down about South Africa, it’s worth remembering that as far as gaming goes, we’re in a really nice position. That’s mainly because our government couldn’t give a damn what we play. The Germans (and until recently the Australians as well) don’t have it quite as good.
Dead Rising 3 is the latest game to be refused classification by the country’s rating board. As we all know: no classification means no sale in Germany. This isn’t that surprising considering the original Dead Rising and its sequel were refused classification as well.
Speaking to Destructoid, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “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 While Microsoft is disappointed with this decision, we respect the views of the review panel and have withdrawn Dead Rising 3 from Germany’s Xbox One launch line-up.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.”