Doom Finally Gets Its Day In Germany
After more than a decade since the original releases of Doom and Doom II, id's iconic shooters will finally be available to German consumers with fewer restrictions on how shops can sell them.
Previously both games had been "indexed" by Germany's Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons, which drastically limited how retailers could sell them. Indexed games cannot be imported, sold by mail, or rented, displayed, or advertised in places accessible to minors. The two games have now been taken off the list, and will sport friendlier USK 16+ ratings instead.
The change in status was made possible by a law which allows artists to appeal the indexing of their work after ten years has passed. Zenimax Media, id's parent company and Doom rights-holder, decided to appeal the decision after it bought id in 2009, which led to the reclassification. Pete Hines, vice president of PR and marketing at Bethesda Softworks (a fellow subsidiary of Zenimax), spoke with Joystiq about the news."We are obviously very pleased with their decision," Hines stated. "Can't give you details yet on when they will be available in Germany. We'll let everyone know as soon as we know."