Sega announced that Aliens vs. Predator will not be published in Germany since the game might not get an official rating.
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Publisher Sega announced that the forthcoming action game Aliens vs. Predator will not be released in Germany. According to the press release the game might not get a rating by the USK (German rating board) and Sega does not offer any games in Germany that don't get a rating. It has also been announced that Aliens vs. Predator will not be adjusted for the German market because the game has been designed in coherence with the Alien and Predator brands - gameplay, graphics and story meet the mature theme. Sega also emphasizes the importance of cooperation with the rating boards and the responsibilities of a publisher of electronic entertainment products.
This development is unexpected but not surprising - given the amount of violence which is to be expected from the action game. If Aliens vs. Predator does not get an USK rating, the game can only be sold to a much smaller amount of people in Germany. This would also lower the possible revenue, when you take costs for translation and localization into account.
What do you think about this? Is Sega doing the right thing? Or doesn't it make sense to cut Germany out? Tell us in the comments.
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