As you might expect from a game in a franchise that features mecha-Hitler as an enemy, Wolfenstein: The New Order does contain a little Nazi-related content. Because of this, Bethesda has confirmed the game will be geo-locked.
Put simply: The sale, import, export or distribution of the international version of Wolfenstein: The New Order to or in Germany is a criminal offence. A violation may result in confiscation, a major financial penalty, or up to three years in prison.
It’s unsurprising then that Bethesda would like to avoid drama of this sort, so it’s released a German language-adaptation of the game, and taken measures to prevent inappropriate content from popping up on German shelves or desktops.
Please note that the adaptation is in respect of Nazi content only, and although there are some legally required differences, the levels of violence and action remain the same as in the international version.
The PC version of The New Order will be geo-locked, so the international version cannot be activated within Germany. “On the basis of legal advice,” and adhering to standard industry practices, the international version will also not be available in Austria.
If you want to play this latest Wolfenstein but don’t want to deal with the Nazi imagery for whatever reason, the German language-adapted version will be available throughout the rest of the world as well.
The Bethesda Blog continues:
Wolfenstein: The New Order is a fictional story set in an alternate universe in the 1960’s. Names, characters, organizations, locations and events are either imaginary or depicted in a fictionalized manner. The story and contents of this game are not intended to and should not be construed in any way to condone, glorify or endorse the beliefs, ideologies, events, actions, persons or behavior of the Nazi regime or to trivialize its war crimes, genocide and other crimes against humanity.