Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 lops dismemberment off for free DLC

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 had been billed as letting you blow people's limbs off, but that feature's been cut from the main game and shunted off into free DLC coming at launch, to avoid the wrathful gaze of the German ratings board.

5

If there's one lesson to take away from Sniper Elite V2, it's that players adore watching enemies suffer massive trauma as a bullet rips through their body. Unfortunately for Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, not everyone is so keen on it. City Interactive is cutting dismemberment from the release version of its own snipe 'em up then releasing it as free DLC, to avoid the censor's glare.

Producer Michael Sroczynski told Joystiq at E3 that the dismemberment feature was being removed from the retail game to avoid being banned in Germany, which frowns on such things. The ability to blow people's limbs off will then be added with a free DLC pack, which should be available everywhere expect Germany as soon as the game launches.

Essentially, it's so City doesn't have to incur the cost and trouble of making a separate version just for one country. Plenty of other splat-happy games have made specific German versions, but it is a bit of a nuisance. Still, this way, if you'd like to have a dismemberment-free game you can simply choose not to install the DLC, and everyone else is happy.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 21. Here's the pre-E3 trailer, which lacks anyone losing arms or legs or anything; they're simply shot in the face:

From The Chatty
  • reply
    June 7, 2012 2:00 PM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 lops dismemberment off for free DLC.

    Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 had been billed as letting you blow people's limbs off, but that feature's been cut from the main game and shunted off into free DLC coming at launch, to avoid the wrathful gaze of the German ratings board.

    • reply
      June 7, 2012 2:25 PM

      Clever use of DLC and it's free. I approve of this.

    • reply
      June 7, 2012 3:07 PM

      Finally some 0-day DLC that makes sense! I wonder how many other games will use the same strategy to get around that particular problem?

      And how fast Germany/Australia will legislate to correct this "loophole"?

      • reply
        June 8, 2012 12:57 AM

        Why would they have to legislate? It says in the story that the DLC won't be available in Germany.

    • reply
      June 7, 2012 5:54 PM

      yep back this 100%. If i wasnt already considering buying the game, I may have just to support them in their move and use of DLC

    • reply
      June 8, 2012 8:28 AM

      I love how all of my german buddies play unrated highly violent games.

      Really helps the economy of Austria, lotsa exports.


      @Sniper Ghost Warrior: how about copying the "closer to realism" part of Sniper Elite as well? might even give ya another chance then :3

      • reply
        June 8, 2012 8:29 AM

        also be fair: its not just germany that gets the gore-reduced version, Australia looks down upon that sort of stuff as well.. poor koalas.