German stance on Nazi iconography in games softens

Germany has always been very severe against anything related to nazi iconography in video games. So the developers of the Wolfenstein games had to release some special versions of their games where the nazi symbols were replaced by some neutral symbols, and any reference to Hitler removed.

These rules didn’t apply to movies, where the rules were far less strict than for video games. But the German games regulation organization (USK) has announced that video games will now be authorized to represent such symbols after an analysis of each game, and how these symbols are used – for some artistic purposes like Wolfenstein.

You can read more details about this on MCV, or on this blog post of the German game developers association.

Here is a comparison of the regular and censored versions of Wolfenstein: The New Order by Eurogamer:

Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot VR also announced at E3

Bethesda has also announced during the E3 the upcoming release of another new Wolfenstein game called Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot VR.

Bethesda described the game as follows:

The Resistance has upped its tech game in the two decades since the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot drops you into the role of a resistance hacker on a mission to tear apart the Nazi forces in Paris using their own machines. Take control of a fire-breathing Panzerhund and more as you fight Nazis in the City of Love in order to aid the French resistance. Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot will be available as a standalone VR game in 2019. Saddle up, Cyberpilot. You’re one of us now.

This game also appeared on Amazon at 20$, with some screenshots and a description:

Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot brings virtual reality to the revolution against the Nazis.

Paris. 1980. You’re the best hacker in town. Your mission: aid the French resistance by taking control of powerful Nazi war machines. Ram, gun down, and burn your way through the City of Love, leaving dead Nazis in your wake. Saddle up, Cyberpilot, you’re one of us now.

Amazon Germany even had a video of the game in action, in German:

This description is important, because it would connect this game to the storyline of Wolfenstein: Youngblood, where BJ’s daughters will fight the nazis at the same time. 

Here are some screenshots of the game, coming from Amazon:

 

Update:

Here is finally the trailer in English: