The official German video game classifications board, USK, has refused to give Gal*Gun 2 a rating, PQube says.
If a video game does not receive an official USK rating, it cannot be sold at retailers or on the Nintendo eShop in Germany. PQube said they have tried appealing the decision made but was unsuccessful. That said, fans living in Germany are still permitted to import the game from retailers based in other countries.
Here’s PQube’s full statement via Rice Digital:
Today we have received word that Gal*Gun 2 has been refused classification in Germany.
We’ll always try to get games through classification regardless of the possibility of it being denied, as we feel that everyone should have the right and the access to play the games they want to play. It is our opinion that disliking the content in a piece of entertainment or art, and voicing that dislike, is totally fine and even encouraged, but denying that work the right to exist in a market based on personal opinions and prejudices, is something we strongly disagree with.
Unfortunately our appeal against this decision has been unsuccessful. Given that Gal*Gun: Double Peace did receive classification in Germany, we’re doubly disappointed that we cannot bring the highly-anticipated title to our fans in Germany. However, we will have to accept and respect the decision of the USK.
Gal*Gun 2 is scheduled to launch in North America and Europe (excluding Germany) in Spring 2018.