"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.
Japan is kind of a surprise.
Really. for a country that has interactive-scat-rape-porn this is really odd
not that i uh... know about that. word of mouth you know
Not at all, actually. There was a stabbing in an arcade and some other incident and after that a huge backlash in Japan, which is the reason Samurai Shodown Tenka (6 over here) had all the blood removed and Samurai Shodown 5 Special had no fatalities in it.