There are no plans to publish Dead Island: Riptide in Germany, where the game is partly being developed, because of the country's strict guidelines on sales of violent media, according to a recent interview with creative producer Sebastian Reichert on PCGamesN.
"We have no censored version of the game," he said, "so we cannot release it in Germany. It feels fucking awkward to have one of the most successful games in years and nobody in your country knows it."
Laws currently in place state that media cannot contain violence against human-like characters and mutilation of corpses, which is an obvious problem for a game like Riptide featuring animated corpses as enemies.
Reichert expressed confusion as to why Gears of War 3 was successfully publish in Germany while native-developed Riptide remains barred.
"Because where's the difference?" he reasoned. "I mean, [the enemies in Gears of War] are human-like, and the things you do to them... ah, they really have nice finishers! That flamethrower finisher, he rams the flamethrower into the body, pulls the trigger and the flames come out of every body part. That's in stores."
Dead Island: Riptide will be released in North America and Europe in April 2013.