Germany bans sales of Xbox One exclusive launch game Dead Rising 3

Microsoft's line-up of games for the launch of its Xbox One game console will have to do without one major title in Germany. Microsoft has confirmed that the country's BPjM (Bundeprüfstelle für jugendgefährende Medien, or the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons) has banned the sale of Capcom's open world zombie action game Dead Rising 3 in Germany.

The decision is not a huge shock; Germany also banned the sale of the first two games in the Dead Rising series. In a statement, Microsoft told Destructoid:

While Microsoft is disappointed with this decision, we respect the views of the review panel and have withdrawn Dead Rising 3 from Germany’s Xbox One launch line-up.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.

The BPjM panel typically bans console and PC games which it feels promote violence against humans or human-like characters, even if those characters are undead zombies. In the past, the panel has banned many other major games including Left 4 Dead 2 and Scarface: The World is Yours, for the same reasons.

However, the government can also reverse their decisions on game sales after a certain period of time. In 2011, the panel, which had previously banned Doom I and II, along with the first Quake game from id Software, from being sold to anyone under the age of 18, finally allowed those titles to be sold in the country to people 16 years of age and older.

Some disagree with the German government's stance against violent games. In 2012, for example, the producer of Dead Island: Riptide, Sebastian Reichert, told VG247 that he was frustrated by the inconsistent application of the policies, which had resulted in his game being banned there, while other similarly violent games remained on sale: "I'm really confused that you can buy Gears of War 3 in stores in Germany, but not Dead Island," he said. "Because what's the difference?" 

Source: Destructoid | Image via Capcom

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so, on following hypothetical case:

A. Xbone set to German local, but physically are not in Germany, is Dead-R-3 available for online purchases from that xbone?

B. Xbone are set to U.S local. but its physically are in Germany and using German ISP as consquence, is Dead-R-3 available for online purchases from that xbone?

Germany is only making sure their downfall. People will not be able to prepare for zombie apocalypse if they can not play these games!!!11

Crimson Rain said,
Germany is only making sure their downfall. People will not be able to prepare for zombie apocalypse if they can not play these games!!!11

Damn shame, that. They might have to get a life.

Good! ALL countries should ban zombie games! I'm sick and tired of the bloody things... I wish this stupid crazy would hurry up and fade away.

FloatingFatMan said,
Good! ALL countries should ban zombie games! I'm sick and tired of the bloody things... I wish this stupid crazy would hurry up and fade away.

Couldn't you just not play them instead of demanding all gamers just playing games you like ?

I don't play them, but my kids want to, and it's bloody annoying because I have to say no (they're too young), and they moan at me because all their friends have moron parents who let 10-13 year olds play 18+ games.

FloatingFatMan said,
I don't play them, but my kids want to, and it's bloody annoying because I have to say no (they're too young), and they moan at me because all their friends have moron parents who let 10-13 year olds play 18+ games.

So basically you want a lot of the games that are out there for every console and computer banned for everybody versus just continuing to do your job as a parent? A tad heavy handed there.

Max Norris said,

So basically you want a lot of the games that are out there for every console and computer banned for everybody versus just continuing to do your job as a parent? A tad heavy handed there.

Nah, just the damned zombie ones, because there's too bloody many of the things.

FloatingFatMan said,
I don't play them, but my kids want to, and it's bloody annoying because I have to say no (they're too young), and they moan at me because all their friends have moron parents who let 10-13 year olds play 18+ games.

Thanks for not undermining the ESRB rating system. That's actually frustrating to gamestore employees and fans alike.

But then there'd be to many scifi shooters, or to many military shooters, or to many violent RPG's or to many violent horror games or....... instead.

People enjoy them, let them, your kids will always want to play a violent game and other parents will always let their kids play them, and your kids play them at their house.

They are moaning. How do they moan, what exactly does it sound like? I am worried they possibly may be zombies. Sorry, being a parent means saying "no". They are too young anyways. The parents of their friends are the bad ones here; allowing their friends play this game is wrong. This game is for adults only. Advice: tough out the moaning until they are 18. Whoops, sorry I forgot, in the US you are now an a child until you are 26.

What the world really needs to do is ban things like "One Direction". How much damage has that group caused towards humanity. At least, the Dead Rising series has some unique elements.

Edited by pjosephson, Oct 12 2013, 9:59pm :

meeehh I been playing GTA and zombie games since i was 8-10 its nothing if your kids are not backwards playing a game does nothing to them? Im a successful person with a squeaky clean criminal record...i only got my first parking ticket last year! and thats cause the ticket wouldnt stick! lol

games do nothing to kids unless they are unhinged to begin with...just dont let your kids play COD with a microphone they have to play it in silence lol

I really don't get people's obsession with zombies. I bang my head against the wall whenever I see a promo for a zombie movie or game. Its the most extremely overrated science fiction thing of all time. The walking dead series is a watershed moment of the zombie obsession.

Well - they will import it from austria or UK than. is uncut version in that case anyways like with most games. not sure why they are ****ting their pants all the time

you can buy it, but not in a store. You have to go to a vendor and he/she will give you the game from the stock or will order it for you.