Dead Island: Riptide blocked from release in Germany

No surprise, but "f***ing awkward", says creative producer

Dead Island: Riptide will not be released in Germany due to the country's notably strict censorship laws.


So confirmed the game's creative producer Sebastian Reichert in an interview with PCGamesN. "We have no censored version of the game so we cannot release it in Germany," he said.

It'll come as no surprise, since the first Dead Island was also blocked, but that doesn't stop Reichert from harboring ill feelings about it.

"It feels fucking awkward to have one of the most successful games in years and nobody in your country knows it," he commented.

As with most games banned in the region, Riptide has fallen victim to the country's strict view of games containing violence against 'human-like characters'.

"It doesn't matter what [the enemies] are, as long as they're human-like then you have a problem," said Reichert.

"For Dead Island in particular it was a problem that you could attack the zombies when they are dead, because that's mutilation of corpses," he added, before questioning the consistency of Germany's censorship.

"At the moment I'm really confused that you can buy Gears of War 3 in stores in Germany, but not Dead Island. Because where's the difference? I mean, [the enemies in Gears of War] are human-like," he notes.

"That flamethrower finisher; he rams the flamethrower into the body, pulls the trigger and the flames come out of every body part. That's in stores."

Check out a CVG's Dead Island: Riptide preview for all the details on what the zombie-filled follow-up will bring.