Gears of War 2 Won't Hit Two Countries

By Blake Ellison, Oct 22, 2008 9:58am PDT Another game renowned for its violence--this time Epic's Gears of War 2 (360)--will not see store shelves in Japan or Germany.

"We can confirm that Gears of War 2 will not be available in Germany or Japan indefinitely," said a Microsoft spokesperson to Edge.

The first Gears of War was Microsoft's first big break in Japan, as the game was the first Xbox 360 title to break into the Japanese sales charts.

The cover-loving shooter is the latest in a string of graphically violent games that face not going on sale in increasingly censor-happy countries. EA Redwood Shores' Dead Space faced bans in the same countries as Gears of War 2 and Australia, while PlatinumGames' MadWorld is expecting it to be impossible to release in its home territory of Japan.

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  • Nice to see some balls in management. I don't believe in frivolous swearing, but fuck censorship. The more you feed it with appeasement and edited versions, the harder it'll be to get rid of it in the future.

    I say go full hog. Boycott the sale of ALL your games in these countries. Get EA, Microsoft and Blizzivision in on it. Not financially sound? Millions in lost revenue? Hah, the micromanaging career politicians in Germany, Japan et al will give in so fast you can't say "socialism sucks" before they've removed the censorship bullshit.

    Huge assets + balls = ability to make a permanent difference. Use them.