Salida dear readers,
my name is Jim aka "OpiumHerz" and as some of you may already guess by that nickname: I am german. With the blog series "The worst thing about censorship is ███████ " I want to simply give you a little insight in videogame censorship, which is still pretty much alive and kicking here in Germany (but I won't restrict myself to Germany exclusively). I started this blog in 2013 and consider this series to be now in Season 2. Fuck yeah! After getting frontpage-famous I'll continue to take stuff from my colleagues at Schnittberichte and recycle that stuff for your enjoyment.
This episode is about: the year 2015
We'll do something a little different today. This year has some releases announced and I'll just pick some out and predict if and how they'll be censored in Germany. At the end of the year we'll then compare reality with predictions. Please consider I have to work with release dates I was given, so if something doesn't end up being released in 2015, well that's bad luck. So then, shall we start the dance?
Game: Killing Floor 2
Chances for uncut release: maybe if hell thawes out again after freezing when Duke Nukem Forever finally released. Never.
What will happen: given the gore that has already been demo'd and what happened to part 1, there is no chance this will be released uncut in Germany. I predict heavy cuts, i.e. all of the damage model and gore gone. Maybe even the blood. The censored version will be rated 18+ still, while the uncut version gets indexed.
Game: Dying Light
Chances for uncut release: maybe, but I doubt it.
What will happen: from what I saw the gore in this game wasn't actually too groundbreaking, considering what was promised by Techland here. Still, it was enough to get Dead Island denied a classification. If the game hits a lucky day it might pass. If it won't pass, however, I can see it getting indexed.It was already announced it fell through the USK rating at this point, so this is kinda out of the game, but we saw a censored version at the Gamescom. Let's wait.
Game: Dead Island 2
Chances for uncut release: maaaaaaybe.
What will happen: Yager are a german company and thus know the boundaries pretty well. They managed to show some gruesome shit in Spec Ops: The Line and get away with it because of the context. I don't see that happen with Dead Island 2 though. Still, they too might hit a lucky day with the ratings board and manage to walk the line.
Game: Halo 5
Chances for uncut release: high.
What will happen: HALO games were pretty much rated 16+ and uncut throughout, I just see no chance that they will ramp up the gore. This thing will get rated 16+ again and pass the ratings board without problems.
Game: Resident Evil Revelations 2
Chances for uncut release: hard to predict.
What will happen: Resident Evil games have a history of getting censored, but it got better over the last few years. Revelations 1 was uncut too. It basically all depends on how much they'll ramp up the gore. My final prediction goes to it getting rated 18+ without censorship.
Bonus prediction: the japanese version will get censored somehow.
Chances for uncut release: pretty good.
What will happen: the Souls games never got censored, even though they had some decent amount of blood and just general gruesomeness in it. Bloodborne seems to ramp up the blood a bit more. Still, I'll say it'll manage to get by the USK with an 18+ stamp on the box.
Game: Mortal Kombat X
Chances for uncut release: we'll rather have a real life Mortal Kombat happening.
What will happen: won't pass the USK, if they even attempt it. Will get confiscated. Indexed at least.
Game: Rainbow Six: Siege
Chances for uncut release: good.
What will happen: the Rainbow Six games were never too brutal to begin with, but here and there some censorship happened within the Tom Clancy (RIP, man) universe. The fact that you can play the evil guys and maybe execute hostages etc. might tip the scale here. I think Siege will make it through the USK, but will get a red 18+ sticker slapped on.
Game: Silent Hills
Chances for uncut: hard to predict.
What will happen: this is one of the harder predictions to make. Two of the eight Silent Hill games we had so far got censored. The Silent Hills demo however showed already some pretty scary and bloody stuff (Fetus). I'm really torn, but I predict it will go through uncensored, but anything besides an 18+ rating is out of the question.
So, that's it. If you want to make your own predictions, feel free to do so in the comments. Coming the end of the year I'll dig this one up again and see what happened to the games. I'm actually curious for most of the games I listed here myself and sure hope they all manage to arrive at german shores uncensored, but with some games I'd bet real money that they won't.