Capcom skips Gamescom due to Dead Rising content

No consumer showing for publisher of ultra-violent action game

Japanese publisher Capcom has said that it will not exhibit at Gamescom this year as the German ratings board has not yet rated forthcoming game Dead Rising 2.

Without knowing whether the game will be granted a release – which seems unlikely as the original Dead Rising was banned in the region – the publisher said it was not willing to commit to the European show as it only has one other title for release this year.

"Gamescom allows publishers and developers an excellent opportunity to promote their titles to both consumers and media. Therefore when taking the decision to exhibit we must weigh up what we can offer both of these groups at that time," said Capcom in a statement.

"In the case of consumers we feel it makes sense for them to experience the titles that will be available in stores over the next few months and right now we have confirmed two titles for release between August and the end of the year – Dead Rising 2 and Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes. As you are probably aware the first Dead Rising was banned in Germany and as we are still awaiting a verdict from the USK for Dead Rising 2 it would be remiss of us to promote the sequel to consumers in Germany. While Sengoku Basara is a great title we cannot justify solely exhibiting this one game."

However, the company did say it would attend Gamescom to talk to the press and show its games behind closed doors.

"While Capcom will not have a presence in the Koln Messe at this year’s Gamescom we will be meeting with media to preview some of our forthcoming titles."

Gamecom takes place in Cologne, Germany, August 18-22.

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany11 years ago
Dead Rising was NOT banned in Germany, nor any violent game. They are added to the "Index" and they can be legally sold, though not advertised on T.V. or in videogame shops and they can only be sold to people over 17. If a game is not released in Germany is because the original developer does not want to release it.

When is the video-game media going to learn how the Index works in Germany? is the misinformation going to continue for long?
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Tommy Thompson Studying Artificial Intelligence (PhD), University of Strathclyde11 years ago
To be fair I was only made aware of how the process works a short while ago. The public consensus it that games are either banned outright or censored in Germany. I believe the term should be 'denied rating' rather than banned, given that when this is the case it is at the publishers discretion to release it. Since from what I understand it was Microsoft who refused to publish the original Dead Rising in Germany given it was not added to the USK.

It's interesting that given the stipulations on releases - no public advertising, age restriction of 18 - that the games are then not published. Given that in many countries such as here in the UK, the age restrictions are mandatory. Is it more cost effective for publishers to allow gamers to import from around Europe than it is to release the game to German stockists?
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany11 years ago
Honestly, me too, slightly before I started working here 3 months ago... but i am amazed that websites so close to the industry like this one still did not found out how the Index System works.

On the other side it depends; some companies are beginning to realize that advertising, in some cases, is not necessary. As an example we have "God of War 3", which was released here uncut since Sony believes that a game that popular was in no need of advertising; everyone interested in the game knows when it's going to be release months before the actual release date. Same goes to other titles like "Alien VS Predator"

Restrictive for the industry? indeed, but removing content or not releasing the game at all sounds a bit like giving up to me. Also there is not a real government made ban/censorship here in Germany, thankfully this is not Australia.
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