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Nazi themed game censored in Austria

A different version of a new computer game Wolfenstein: The New Order will be played in Austria and Germany as the makers alter the game to comply with laws regarding the use of Nazi symbols.

The game contains content and imagery relating to Nazis which is illegal in Germany and Austrian law, meaning that gamers in these countries will be playing a slightly different game to that played elsewhere.

US publishers of the game, Bethesda, have reassured Austrian and German gamers that "although there are some legally required differences, the levels of violence and action remain the same as in the international version" as only the Nazi themed elements of the game will be changed.

Reviewers however have described the majority of the game as being spent in an alternate history of the 1960s as if the Nazis had won the Second World War - suggesting the game could look quite different to Austrian and German audiences. Gamers will have to wait for the global launch on 20 May to find out just how much it diverges from the original version.

The announcement follows the news in March that game makers of the South Park: The Stick of Truth, had to hold back releasing the game in Germany and Austria after they discovered those versions of the game contained an "unconstitutional symbol", likely to have been a Nazi symbol.

Violations of these laws regarding Nazi imagery could result in punishments ranging from confiscation of the game to high financial penalty or even a three year jail term.

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