Since its launch in 2009, German gamers have been unable to play Fallout 3 after the country’s Federal Department for Media Harmful to Minors (BPjM) considered the game inappropriate. That might be about to change, however, with Bethesda successfully appealing the decision, three years before the end of its statutory 10-year sentence.
Arguing with a decision like this is “difficult and rarely-successful”, but it seems the studio somehow managed it this time, spending thousands of Euros, writing detailed application letters and undergoing serious scrutiny from the “Big Council” (12 delegates including community organisations, BPjM Group Members and State Assessors).
A statement from BPjM reads:
In the case of Fallout 3 the request for de-listing was granted even though only seven years passed since the game was banned. The Big Council decided at its meeting on February, 4th that Fallout 3 will be removed from the list because its content is no longer classified as harmful to minors from today’s perspective.
Does this mean the youth of today are less easily offended?
The bigger question, though: Why is Bethesda putting all this effort into a game that’s seven years old? It’s not just out of the generosity of wanting German gamers to enjoy the full Fallout experience, that’s for sure. When asked about the appeal, a Bethesda spokesperson was coy, refusing to give a statement “at the moment”, but promising a response “in a couple of weeks”.
Is that a Fallout 3 Remastered announcement coming in March, then?