South Park: The Stick of Truth launched today in Australia, but has been delayed in Germany and Austria as it contains swastikas.
The swastika was the emblem for the Nazi party and is still used today as a symbol for hate groups, Nazis and the like. In Germany, displaying a swastika can lead to three years imprisonment and a fine. German law describes the symbol as that of an unconstitutional organisation.
Censored versions of the game were created for the Australian and European markets and Ubisoft were working on a special version for Germany an Austria. The version for German markets must not be ready however as the game’s description on the German version of Steam reads;
We’re sorry to inform you that we are unable to deliver your pre-ordered version of South Park: The Stick of Truth on March 6th as initially planned. The German and Austrian version of South Park: The Stick of Truth contains an unconstitutional symbol which means that we are unfortunately not able to release the game on the German and Austrian market at this time. This concerns all versions / platforms of the game. There is no need to amend or cancel your pre-order. A new release date of South Park: The Stick of Truth for the German and Austrian market will be announced shortly, and we will ensure that your order is delivered to coincide with this new date.
It’s not clear when the game will be available in Germany, but when the date is announced we’ll be sure to update the story.
South Park: The Stick of Truth is available today for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.