Microsoft confirmed today that Dead Rising 3, Capcom's zombie apocalypse Xbox One launch title, has been denied a rating by the German ratings board. As a result there is no possible way for Dead Rising 3 to make the Xbox One launch in the country, delaying its release indefinitely. Since the details as to why Dead Rising 3 has been banned have yet to be revealed, who is to say that it can be fixed at all through censorship?
Microsoft, responding to a Destructoid inquiry, offered the following statement:
"Dead Rising 3 will not be released in Germany as part of the Xbox One launch line-up on Nov. 22 having been unable to attain an age-rating upon review by BPjM (Bundeprüfstelle für jugendgefährende Medien), the country’s entertainment software self-regulation body. While Microsoft is disappointed with this decision, we respect the views of the review panel and have withdrawn Dead Rising 3 from Germany’s Xbox One launch line-up. Dead Rising 3 will still be available in all other launch markets on 22 November 2013. Beyond that, we have no further comment.”
Considering Dead Rising 3 was one of Microsoft's largest exclusive launch titles for the Xbox One, there's no argument that this is a large blow to the console's launch... in Germany. While no country is easy to say, "Oh well, maybe next time," with, it's doubtful that expectations were high for Dead Rising 3's sales in the anti-video-game-violence Germany.
Meanwhile, Sony is probably sitting in their war room smirking. Andrew House looks over a large map of the world and slowly pushes a small PlayStation 4 marker overtop of Germany and whispers, "All is proceeding as planned."