Dead Rising 3 features – as you might expect – a whole lot of blood and gore, as you run around dispatching wave after wave of the undead. The Australian Classification Board has officially labelled it appropriate for adults, but it seems the German equivalent has seen differently.
The official statement from Microsoft is quite specific:
Dead Rising 3 will not be released in Germany as part of the Xbox One launch lineup on Nov. 22 having been unable to attain an age-rating upon review by BPjM (Bundeprüfstelle für jugendgefährende Medien), the country’s entertainment software self-regulation body.
The news backs up reports from German media, which is unable to define quite why the game had problems with the ratings board. The general feeling – of course – is that it’s related to the “explicit depiction of violence”, but reports also hint that the history of the game series could play a part.
We are unable to comment on the ratings process or the subjective content standards, but we can say the rating was determined following a detailed review of the game. While Microsoft is disappointed with this decision, we respect the views of the review panels and have withdrawn Dead Rising 3 from Germany’s Xbox One launch line-up. Beyond that, we have no further comment.
In other parts of the world, Dead Rising 3 will launch exclusively alongside the Xbox One on November 22nd.