‘Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus’ Banned in Germany for Nazi Imagery


The international version of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is banned in Germany for its Nazi imagery.

The following disclaimer is located at the bottom of the reveal trailer for the game:

Please be advised that the international (non-German language) versions of “Wolfenstein® 2: The New Colossus” (the “Game”) includes Nazi-related symbols and content – as a result, the sale, import, export, or distribution of the international versions of the Game and its related images and assets to and in Germany is strictly forbidden by German law, and would be, among other statutory violations, a criminal offence which may result in a financial penalty or imprisonment. Any person involved and/or responsible for such violation may be prosecuted and sentenced, including officers and employees of companies involved. On the basis of legal advice and industry standard practice, ZeniMax are also not making such images or assets available to Austria

Note that the ban only refers to the “international (non-German language)” version of the game, meaning that a German version could still happen and be sold in Germany.

That was the case for the previous game, Wolfenstein: The New Order, which removed references to Nazis. Changes include calling the Nazis “The Regime,” emblem replacements, other dialogue changes, and more.

Sequel to 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order and 2015’s Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, The New Colossus has B.J. blasting Nazis in a Nazi-controlled version of 1960’s America as part of a new resistance. As you travel to Roswell, New Mexico, New Orleans, Manhattan, and more, you’ll amass a collection of weapons and abilities and use them to fight soldiers, cyborgs, robot dogs and more in a variety of playstyles.

The game will be released on October 27, 2017 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Bethesda revealed many other games during its E3 press conference this year, including VR versions of Doom (2016) and Fallout 4 as well as The Evil Within 2.