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Wolfenstein recalled in Germany due to swastika use

Publisher makes decision to take game off German market after symbol is left in localised game

Activision has reportedly made the decision to remove Wolfenstein from sale in Germany after a swastika was discovered in the localised version of the game.

Swastikas are forbidden to be displayed in Germany, except when used in a historical or artistic context, and consequences for doing so are serious unless immediate action is taken to remove them.

"Although it is not a conspicuous element in the normal game[...] we have decided to take this game immediately from the German market," Activision has said in a translated statement reported by Kotaku.

The offending imagery thought to have triggered the voluntary recall is a small swastika displayed as part of an in-game poster.

Wolfenstein has already been blighted with negative press after staff from Raven Software and Endrant Studios, which worked on the game's multiplayer features, were immediately laid off following its release.


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