Bethesda’s upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order will be seeing a release on the 20th of May. Now for the most part, games around the world tend to be the same, except that in some cases due to local laws, games might be censored or edited to comply with said laws. Well it looks like this will be the case for Wolfenstein copies being sold in Germany and Austria.
According to Bethesda, they will be geolocking the game, meaning that if you are playing in Germany or Austria and you’re trying to load the international version of the game, you’d be out of luck. This is due to local laws that prevents Nazi-related symbols and content from being sold in Germany.
Bethesda writes, “In order to prevent any digital copies of the international version from being sold, exported, imported or distributed into Germany, PC versions will be geo-locked so that they cannot be activated within Germany.” Instead, Germany and Austria will be given a game where the symbols and some of its content has been altered.
Thankfully for those who only care about the gameplay and aren’t that fussed over such legal issues, the gameplay should remain the same as its international counterpart, and that “the levels of violence and action remain the same as in the international version.” Wolfenstein: The New Order will see a release on multiple platforms like the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and the Xbox One.