It appears MachineGames’ Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus had to censor the depiction of Adolf Hitler in the game… for the German release. There’s a new video showcasing what changes MachineGames made to Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to placate the rules of tackling Nazism in media within Germany.
Censored Gaming did a near five minute video comparison showcasing what the U.S., version of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus looks like compared to the German version in regard to how Hitler is portrayed.
As you can see, at the 2:00 minute mark when the German version kicks in, they changed Hitler slightly. They removed his hairy little lip-stain of a mustache. They changed the voice actor dialogue as well, including making them refer to him as “Mein Chancellor” instead of “Mein Fuhrer”.
If you notice in the background they’ve also radically changed the iconography for the Nazis, swapping out the Swastikas for a placeholder symbol.
In Germany it’s against the law to promote or glorify Nazism or Nazi iconography. They can be used and referenced for historical purposes or in art, but not for propaganda.
The comment section was obviously livid at the German authorities for enforcing these kind of rules of censorship on video games.
This has been a common occurrence for video games released in Germany that prominently feature or contain Nazi imagery.
Other games like the upcoming Call of Duty: WW2 will also be subject to these changes — although the developers Sledgehammer Games took an extra step to censor out the Nazi imagery even in the multiplayer mode for every version of the game — or the recently released game Raid: World War II, which also had to make some changes to the imagery as well, which was covered in a video by Censored Gaming.
Perhaps when German Parliament decides to properly recognize video games as art, developers won’t have to take the extra measures to censor certain kinds of imagery in the region.