"unconstitutional symbol" present, which refers to the 'Nazi zombies'.
It seems an error has led to Germany and Austria receiving the uncensored North American version. It's unclear why digital builds are also affected.
All Nazi symbolism was removed from South Park by the Ubisoft EMEA team, but it would appear that a significant snafu has occurred holding up the entire release.
The German Steam store page was updated with the following :
Notice: We’re sorry to inform you that we are unable to deliver your pre-ordered version of South Park: The Stick of Truth on March 6th as initially planned. The German and Austrian version of South Park: The Stick of Truth contains an unconstitutional symbol which means that we are unfortunately not able to release the game on the German and Austrian market at this time. This concerns all versions/platforms of the game. There is no need to amend or cancel your pre-order. A new release date of South Park: The Stick of Truth for the German and Austrian market will be announced shortly, and we will ensure that your order is delivered to coincide with this new date. We are extremely sorry for the additional waiting time, and thank you for your understanding.
We are extremely sorry for the additional waiting time, and thank you for your understanding.
Germany's Gamestar reports that wholesalers claim the uncensored US version was shipped to them by mistake, and that this could be a disc pressing error, and it appears to be centred on the PS3 version. It's odd that digital releases would also be affected given how easily they can be changed, unlike physical copies.
South Park: The Stick of Truth releases on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 tomorrow in Australia, Friday in Europe.
South Park RPG delays in Germany and Austria over "unconstitutional symbol"
05 March 2014 | By Simon Priest