Wolfenstein: Youngblood‘s will show Nazi imagery in a video game available in Germany for the first time.
In previous Wolfenstein games, the German versions had various alterations to comply with the country’s laws regarding Nazi imagery. For example, Hitler’s name was changed from “Fuhrer” to “Chancellor” in Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, as well as also had his mustache removed. Additionally, the swastikas were replaced with triangles. However, the guidelines of Germany’s strict laws have loosened. Gamers in Germany will have access to both the German version as well as the international version, with the latter being uncensored.
Germany’s laws make displaying the swastika and gestures like the Nazi salute in public illegal. However, if the symbols are used in education or for artistic purposes, then they could be allowed. Back in August 2018, Germany’s rating body, USK, noted that video games are now treated as a form of art like film and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. As a result Wolfenstein: Youngblood can justify its use of such imagery.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood showed off a new trailer during E3.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood launches on July 26, 2019 on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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