It’s a well-known fact by now that Germany does not like the Nazis. This has even extended into video games. However, Zenimax, Bethesda’s publisher, is apparently now in talks with the German government to allow a Wolfenstein 2 German release, as long as the game is rated 18 in the country.
Swastikas and other sorts of Nazi paraphernalia are illegal in Germany, so games with Nazis in them are either unable to be released, or have to have the Swastikas edited to show Iron Crosses, another German authoritarian symbol but with less of a bad history behind it. The country is also very draconian in its restrictions on video game violence.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, being an ultraviolent video game that heavily involves Nazis (even if you’re killing them in droves), is thus on the country’s list of games that would ordinarily not be allowed to be released. While Wolfenstein: The New Order was allowed to be sold in the country after heavy censorship, Wolfenstein 2 was outright banned for its Nazi imagery.
But thanks to Zenimax, a Wolfenstein 2 German release might be coming at some point in the near future, albeit it being restricted to German youths that are 18 or older. While we don’t have a confirmation on whether or not it’s happening or not, hopefully Zenimax will be able to persuade Germany to allow it.
After all, killing Nazis isn’t the same as glorifying them, especially when the plot of Wolfenstein 2 involves instigating an uprising to kill even more Nazis. While it does involve a lot of Nazi symbolism, you’re still fighting against that sort of symbolism, especially in a time where far right-wing nationalism much like what the Nazis embodied is on the rise again.
So, if you’re German and have been wanting to play Wolfenstein 2 (or have already through other means), hopefully you’ll be able to look forward to an actual Wolfenstein 2 German release sometime in the near future.