Yesterday, May 27, the release of Polish military shooter Land of War: The Beginning was due to take place. However, the game did not come out on Steam, and all because of the craving of developers to realism: they so reliably depicted the paraphernalia of the German troops that the German rating organization USK simply could not miss As explained by the developers, because of the historical nature of Land of War, the game features swastikas, “dead heads”, as well as images of Hitler. Since the game is positioned as realistic, the studio did not consult with USK beforehand — and in vain.
Steam administration takes seriously content related to Nazi ideology, and even the source files of the games are subject to verification. And the store usually does not make independent decisions regarding releases of similar games in Germany, shifting this to USK.
Studio MS Games could release Land of War as is, but then the game would not come out to the German market – and it is the third largest in Europe. Therefore, the decision was made to hide the controversial elements so that the game could be released in Germany.
But at the same time some of the Nazi symbolism remained in the source, and now the studio resolves this issue with USK. The creators of Land of War want to release the game simultaneously in all markets.
After that, in anticipation of the decision of USK, the developers are going to make a patch that will open swastikas and “totenkopfs” everywhere except Germany. As you know, the display of German symbols of the time The Second World is regulated by article 86a of the German Penal Code, and its provisions apply to entertainment content, including games.
This has already been encountered earlier by the creators of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (they had to even shave Hitler) and Wolfenstein: Youngblood (the game released in two different versions). However, the corresponding symbolism was allowed to use in Warsaw and Through the Darkest of Times: it became the first German game with a similar resolution.
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