Jericho faces German ban

Sept 26, 2007

Here's a shocker for you: Clive Barker's Jericho, the ultra-gory horror FPS from Codemasters, is facing a ban from censorship-conscious Germany as its USK ratings board refuses to issue it a rating.

Update: Codemasters adds: Following a review by the USK ratings board, which declined to give an official rating, Codemasters has decided not to change the artistic vision of the renowned author and filmmaker Clive Barker through cuts and extensive changes.

"Codemasters respects Mr. Barker's creative ideas, despite the German distribution and marketing consequences for the title. Therefore Codemasters will release only the PC version of Clive Barker's Jericho in its original form on the 26th of October for adult gamers and Clive Barker fans." Update ends

The ESRB-equivalent ratings board's refusal to rate the game means it won't be permitted for sale in shops or on the internet.

However, unlike theManhunt 2 ban ordeal which forced Rockstar into making changes to the game to receive an acceptable rating, Codemasters remains defiant on the German ruling.

No such problems are expected in the UK, and the demo is due for the PC and 360 September 27 (tomorrow), and for the PS3 in Europe next week.

Courtesy of CVG.