The German ratings board has denied classification for Dead Rising 3, which means that the game will not be released in Germany.
Speaking with Destructoid, Microsoft has confirmed that Dead Rising 3 will not be a part of Xbox One’s launch line-up in the country. The official statement can be read below:
Dead Rising 3 will not be released in Germany as part of the Xbox One launch line-up on Nov. 22 having been unable to attain an age-rating upon review by BPjM (Bundeprüfstelle für jugendgefährende Medien), the country’s entertainment software self-regulation body.
“While Microsoft is disappointed with this decision, we respect the views of the review panel and have withdrawn Dead Rising 3 from Germany’s Xbox One launch line-up. Dead Rising 3 will still be available in all other launch markets on 22 November 2013. Beyond that, we have no further comment.
It isn’t surprising to see the German board refused to provide a rating to Capcom’s third game in the Dead Rising series. Both previous entries in the franchise were also denied a classification by their ratings board. The same holds true for the few off-shoots that the Dead Rising has spawned over the years.
While this certainly is bad news for fans of the franchise and those intrigued by the upcoming Xbox One title residing in Germany, the denial should prove to be inconsequential to the game’s development. The lack of sales in one of Europe’s biggest consumer markets for electronic games will reflect upon Dead Rising 3’s revenue though.
Dead Rising 3 is set to launch alongside Microsoft’s next-gen console on the 22nd of November, 2013. It will exclusively be available for the Xbox One.