The international (non-German language) version of “Wolfenstein®: The New Order” (the “Game”) includes Nazi-related symbols and content – as a result, the sale, import, export, or distribution of this international version to and in Germany is strictly forbidden by German law, and would be, among other statutory violations, a criminal offence under §§ 86, 86a StGB (German Criminal Code). A violation may result in confiscation of the Game, a high financial penalty or up to three years in prison. Any person involved and/or responsible for such violation may be prosecuted and sentenced, including officers and employees of companies involved.
This prohibition applies to both physical and digital copies.
There are few exceptions in regard to the use of Nazi content in Germany, and although there are some cultural exemptions, which include films, under the current legislation these exceptions do not extend to cover videogames.
In order to prevent any digital copies of the international version from being sold, exported, imported or distributed into Germany, PC versions will be geo-locked so that they cannot be activated within Germany.
On the basis of legal advice and industry standard practice, we are also not making the international version available for sale in Austria.
The German language adapted version will be available for sale via select distributors in Germany, Austria and throughout the rest of the world. Please note that the adaptation is in respect of Nazi content only, and although there are some legally required differences, the levels of violence and action remain the same as in the international version.
Save for as set out above, the international version of the Game will be available to play worldwide.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is a fictional story set in an alternate universe in the 1960′s. Names, characters, organizations, locations and events are either imaginary or depicted in a fictionalized manner. The story and contents of this game are not intended to and should not be construed in any way to condone, glorify or endorse the beliefs, ideologies, events, actions, persons or behavior of the Nazi regime or to trivialize its war crimes, genocide and other crimes against humanity.