Bethesda’s upcoming Doom reboot will launch uncensored in Germany – a franchise first.
Germany, along with Australia, have a long history of being tight on violent video games, and of course games with depictions of Nazis. So, it should come as some small surprise that Bethesda Softworks has announced its upcoming Doom reboot will launch in the country completely uncensored.
“We’re pleased the game can be released in its entirety in Germany without the need to edit or change anything,” Bethesda vice president of marketing Pete Hines told Polygon. “Perhaps not all that surprising given how other titles have been rated there recently, but still a cool thing to see given that Doom and Doom 2 were banned in Germany and were delisted a few years ago.”
Before recently, uncut games in the Doom series were restricted from sale in Germany, do to being initially banned when they were first released. Bethesda acquired the rights to Doom in 2009, and managed to successfully lift the ban on Doom in 2011.
Fallout 3 was also lifted off the German restricted games list just last week, after Bethesda argued that it wasn’t any more violent and gruesome than the recently released Fallout 4 (which wasn’t banned).
Either Doom is going to be less violent than we thought, or Germany is finally easing up on its restrictions.