The Death Stranding rating for Germany has been revealed via the game’s German box art. The game in Germany will be rated USK 16, meaning that anyone 16 years old and older will be able to pick up the game and play it legally in the country when it releases in November.
Germany’s rating system giving Death Stranding a limitation of 16 or up isn’t the worst sort of rating they’ve gotten. Since the game doesn’t appear to have any noticeable amounts of blood or gore, the 16 and up Death Stranding rating is justified.
It stands in pretty stark contrast to Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes and other games that have gotten the USK 18 rating, which signifies adult content that can include suggestive themes, blood and gore, and intense violence.
While Death Stranding does have a number of kooky ideas and disturbing imagery, such as the baby, the BTs, and more, apparently the German ratings board, the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle, doesn’t believe that the game heralds a rating higher than 16 and up.
Then again, Death Stranding is also a far cry from what Hideo Kojima normally deals with in the Metal Gear Solid games that he’s best known for. While we’ve seen a lot of disturbing imagery in the Death Stranding trailers, we’ve seen little that might make the board change its mind.
While we have seen a number of things like attempted suicides (particularly in the 2017 Game Awards trailer), it appears that those weren’t enough to convince the USK that the game might not be suitable for people of a certain age.
On the upside, it means that with the Death Stranding rating being so low in Germany that the game will hopefully do well. Seeing as this is Kojima’s first game since he was fired from Konami, anticipation is high among most gamers for everything we’ve seen about the game to hopefully be explained.
Death Stranding will be releasing on the Playstation 4 and likely other platforms as well on November 8 of this year.