Dead Rising 3 screenshot
Dead Rising 3 screenshot

Dead Rising 3 has been denied an age rating in Germany, forcing Microsoft to pull it from the country's Xbox One launch line-up.

In a statement provided to Destructoid, Microsoft said that it was "disappointed" with the BPjM's decision not to grant the title an age certificate, but didn't make it clear whether it would be censoring the game for release after November 22.

"Dead Rising 3 will not be released in Germany as part of the Xbox One launch line-up 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," a Microsoft representative told the site.

"While Microsoft is disappointed with this decision, we respect the views of the review panel and have withdrawn Dead Rising 3 from Germany's Xbox One launch line-up.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

Back at Gamescom, a Microsoft representative told that it was "doing all that we are able to do to try to get a rating. We want to launch this."

The game launches in all other launch territories, including the UK, on November 22.


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The BPjM has become more liberal in the past few years, giving games like Dead Space and Gears 3 an age rating.

But even without an age rating MS could release DR3 here, the BPjM can't forbid you to release a game. It would just not be available on store shelves, but adults could buy it anyway.

The bad thing about not releasing it at all is this: If I import it from the UK, any online content will not be availabe for me even if I have a code to download it. It was the same for Mortal Kombat or Gears of War. Importing is no problem, redeeming any download codes (MK online pass for example) via the UK marketplace is impossible due to IP restrictions.
Posted 09:23 on 11 October 2013

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Release Date: 22/11/2013
Developer: Capcom Vancouver
Publisher: Microsoft
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
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