South Park: The Stick of Truth News for Xbox 360

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South Park: The Stick of Truth screenshot

UPDATE: In a statement provided to VideoGamer.com following this report, Ubisoft confirmed the delay and promised to announce a new release date "shortly".

South Park: The Stick of Truth screenshot

"The German and Austrian version of South Park: The Stick of Truth contains a symbol of an unconstitutional organization, whereupon we stopped the distribution of the game and unfortunately will not be able to release it as initially planned on March 6th 2014 on the German and Austrian market," the statement reads. "This concerns all versions/platforms of the game.

"We are extremely sorry for the additional waiting time this will mean for the fans of the game. A new release date of South Park: The Stick of Truth for the German and Austrian market will be announced shortly. We invite customers who have pre-ordered the game to liaise directly with their retailers, who will keep them updated on the new release date."

The UK launch is still scheduled to go ahead this Friday, March 7.

ORIGINAL REPORT: South Park: The Stick of Truth has suffered a last-minute setback in Germany and Austria after an "unconstitutional symbol" was discovered in the release build, according to various online reports.

Multiple users on Steam and NeoGAF claim to have received messages stating that Ubisoft is "unable to deliver your pre-ordered version of South Park: The Stick of Truth on March 6th as initially planned.

South Park: The Stick of Truth screenshot

"The German and Austrian version of South Park: The Stick of Truth contains an unconstitutional symbol which means that we are unfortunately not able to release the game on the German and Austrian market at this time," the message reads. "This concerns all versions/platforms of the game. There is no need to amend or cancel your pre-order.

"A new release date of South Park: The Stick of Truth for the German and Austrian market will be announced shortly, and we will ensure that your order is delivered to coincide with this new date.

"We are extremely sorry for the additional waiting time, and thank you for your understanding."

The German Steam release date has also been altered from its previous March 6 date to an ambiguous "March 2014".

The message's wording suggests that the build may have accidentally contained symbols of Nazi swastikas, which are outlawed in the German and Austrian markets. Swastikas appear in all other versions of the game.

The German and Austrian releases aren't the only versions to receive cuts, however. The European console version has had seven scenes removed, including multiple sequences that see "someone actively being [anal] probed" and another "in which the doctor is performing an abortion on the player". The PC version is the only version available in the UK that remains uncut.

VideoGamer.com has contacted Ubisoft for comment.

Source: steamcommunity.com, neogaf.com

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fimbo@ Lalaland

Sometimes there are exceptions. Education for example and also in art. Check out Alselm Kiefer
https://www.google.de/search?q=ansel...en-US:official
Posted 09:57 on 06 March 2014
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Karlius@ HardNut

I just spat my drink out lol.
Posted 08:55 on 06 March 2014
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HardNut

Dirty dirty Germans. I would be less worried about this and more worried about German women not shaving their snatch, if I was a German man.
Posted 16:32 on 05 March 2014
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pblive

I'd say Nazi imagery is pretty essential to the whole Hitler joke as I understand it. Not sure how they can take that out without removing that whole part of the game, unless it's a throwaway line.
Posted 13:18 on 05 March 2014
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Lalaland

Least surprising news ever. For God's sake if they make the Wolfenstein series pull out the swaztikas why would they make an exemption for South Park?

I'm going to tall this one as a ball drop on Ubi's part, there is no tolerance for any depiction of Nazi imagery/symbols in Austria & Germany not even as art.
Posted 13:14 on 05 March 2014
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Skullthrone

Put it this way, the nazi zombies are voiced by Hitler, yes, an enemy class is voiced by Hitler.
Posted 12:44 on 05 March 2014
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Karlius

In "The Passion of the Jew" Cartman and his army goose-steps chanting "Es ist Zeit für Rache" & "Wir müssen die Juden ausrotten" (Translating to "It's time for revenge" & "We must exterminate the Jews" dressed as the Fuhrer. I'm guessing this episode was also banned in Austria and Germany?

Just wondering if there are any chants like this in the game and whether they are censored or removed in those markets?
Posted 10:41 on 05 March 2014
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BombaLuigi

Well I guess they just sending to switzerland the German Copys or something. Because I got my Retail-Copy of the PC Version today, and while Steam usaly don't let me activaty it before Release date this Time steam telling me its not even available in my Country.

Never happend before, seems like my Copy wont work. Will wait and see if the Code gets working when its releasing, if it then still not works this Game can go to Hell.
Posted 09:30 on 05 March 2014

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