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Blizzard: German StarCraft II Is Less Bloody

A recent interview over on Instarcraft.de (translated) reveals that Blizzard plans to remove or change the color of blood from the upcoming German version of StarCraft II. Earlier reports have indicated that Blizzard is also editing Diablo III for Germany as well, however the task will be less of an issue with the former game.

Allen Dilling, Blizzard's Lead 3D Artist for StarCraft II, said that the adjustments will be slight, and the change will effect only a few units; most are robotic and do not require censoring. He added that although the team set out to create a game that looks good and "feels alive," they weren't focused on making the game particularly bloody.

"We [don't] want to offend anyone, but at the same time, we are working very passionately to develop the best product possible," Dilling said (paraphrased via Google Translate). "And specifically we are working on all the animations, so we do not want to see the [edits]. Here we are so very carefully trying to find the right path and give the fans what they want, without being insensitive. So it's a real balancing act."

Ultimately, Blizzard wants to see the German rating board restrict StarCraft II from consumers below the age of 12. However, as stated earlier, Diablo III will incorporate parental controls, so it may be that the German censorship ties into Blizzard's overall plan nationwide for both StarCraft II and Diablo III.

  • Major7up
    Awww, it just won't be the same game!!!
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  • lemonade4
    1. No LAN
    2. Three 'Starcraft II' packs (zerg,terran,protoss)
    3. Points system to download user-made maps
    4. recoloured blood..
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  • icepick314
    Major7UpAwww, it just won't be the same game!!!
    ask L4D players...

    it's not just same game....it's TOTALLY different....

    Germans are so damm paranoid about so called violent games...it's not as if there's going to be another Hitler after playing CounterStrike....
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  • RADIO_ACTIVE
    icepick314it's not as if there's going to be another Hitler after playing CounterStrike....Probably should have stated Day of Defeat :)

    This is a trend that is becoming more comon everywhere! There is just a bunch of idiots in this world that blam violent games for everything. What they forget is that it is the person that is responsible for their actions.

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  • IzzyCraft
    America wins the American release of "No More Heroes"(Japan game) for da wii added blood in the game haha take that germany.
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  • FallenSniper
    Well I'm glad I'll have the US version. I want it to look realistic.
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  • Ciuy
    well duuh, its better this way, less blood for the german youth, less chances they will start World War III in the future :D .

    Good Job Blizzard thinking ahead.

    hahahahaha
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  • eklipz330
    i know this won't affect me in anyway, but blizzard/activision are acting like scum when it comes to money, so i probably won't buy it.. just get a cracked version that doesn't require battle.net or monthly fees on a cracked server
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  • Supertrek32
    RADIO_ACTIVEProbably should have stated Day of Defeat This is a trend that is becoming more comon everywhere! There is just a bunch of idiots in this world that blam violent games for everything. What they forget is that it is the person that is responsible for their actions.So true... If violence is the common cold, then video games are the rain. Sure it can be a factor, but you shouldn't say, "Never do anything when it's raining. Ever." ...and shouldn't the parents be holding an umbrella over their child's head anyway?
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  • maximus559
    Germany seems to have a real problem with violent video games... almost too much of a problem, in my opinion. I realize that the German government is (and should be) concerned about maintaining peace, but keeping violence out of the media will not keep it out of the minds of criminals. Lighten up, Germany! A little simulated gore never hurt anybody :)
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