Gears of War could still land on German shores

Gears of War

It was a sad, sad thing when Capcom‘s zombie flick, Dead Rising, was banned in Germany. A couple of weeks back, we reported that the Cliffy B. designed, third person shooter, Gears of War, might suffer the same fate. Apparently, Germany‘s version of the ESRB, USK, didn’t give GoW an age rating despite numerous Microsoft appeals. It was also mentioned that the only way for the game to hit German store shelves is if Epic agrees to create a cut-down version (less blood, gore, fun).

But German gamers, this isn’t the time to sulk. According to an MS rep, the company is still in talks with the USK board with regard to the game’s release. The spokesperson said that “a final decision has not been made regarding distribution of Gears of War in Germany…Microsoft is continuing to work very closely with all of our German partners, including the USK, to determine the best approach for the market and the title.”

Besides, a non-rating from the USK isn’t equivalent to an outright ban of the game; rather it is synonymous to a significant limitation in sales. Most unrated games are not seen on store shelves and they are not advertised or sent through the mail. But if the MS rep keeps true to his word, who knows, maybe German gamers would be able to annihilate the Locust Horde as well. The waiting starts now.

Via Next-gen biz

Gears of War

It was a sad, sad thing when Capcom‘s zombie flick, Dead Rising, was banned in Germany. A couple of weeks back, we reported that the Cliffy B. designed, third person shooter, Gears of War, might suffer the same fate. Apparently, Germany‘s version of the ESRB, USK, didn’t give GoW an age rating despite numerous Microsoft appeals. It was also mentioned that the only way for the game to hit German store shelves is if Epic agrees to create a cut-down version (less blood, gore, fun).

But German gamers, this isn’t the time to sulk. According to an MS rep, the company is still in talks with the USK board with regard to the game’s release. The spokesperson said that “a final decision has not been made regarding distribution of Gears of War in Germany…Microsoft is continuing to work very closely with all of our German partners, including the USK, to determine the best approach for the market and the title.”

Besides, a non-rating from the USK isn’t equivalent to an outright ban of the game; rather it is synonymous to a significant limitation in sales. Most unrated games are not seen on store shelves and they are not advertised or sent through the mail. But if the MS rep keeps true to his word, who knows, maybe German gamers would be able to annihilate the Locust Horde as well. The waiting starts now.

Via Next-gen biz

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