Gal*Gun 2 has been refused classification in Germany from the USK.
There’s nothing more disheartening to gamers than hearing that a certain title won’t be released in their country. Sadly, it has just been revealed that Gal*Gun 2 Has been refused classification in Germany. This news comes shortly after the anniversary of this game’s predecessor being banned in New Zealand. Rice Digital reached out to the publisher, PQube, and received the following comment:
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.
When it comes to console games, there’s one well-known golden rule: No game can be sold for a console in a specific region without first receiving classification from that region’s respective rating board. German residents are still free to purchase Gal*Gun 2 if they so choose, but not without going through the typical headaches of importing.
The classification refusal is a tad bit curious, to say the least. Even in the ban-happy land down under, Australia, Gal*Gun 2 managed to snag an R-18 rating. Additionally, Gal*Gun Double Peace managed to earn classification in Germany despite the sequel being seemingly more of the same. In addition to that, German bans have historically only been related to excessive violence and Nazi imagery — two things we don’t expect to see in this ecchi shooter.
In the end, what’s done is done. PQube has already been denied in an attempt to appeal the decision, so any German fans who wish to play the game will have to look internationally to make a purchase. For those of us who are fortunate enough not be in a country that banned it, Gal Gun 2 is set to release sometime this spring for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
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