Dying Light Banned From Nintendo's European eShop

If you live in Europe and are struggling to find the recently released Dying Light port on the Nintendo Switch eShop, you're not the only one. Dying Light is currently banned from the eShop in all European countries, making the game impossible to buy digitally in Europe. This is because of the ban that Germany originally implemented in 2015, resulting in the current block on the Nintendo eShop.

This news comes from a Techland employee over on the Dying Light subreddit, explaining that Germany's ban is stopping the digital distribution of the game in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Since the European eShop is officially registered in Germany, it's affecting the entire continent:

"If you're talking about the digital version, then due to nature of content the digital version of the game is currently banned in Germany where European e-Shop is officially registered," explains the employee. "This is making it impossible to officially distribute the game in European countries and also in Australia and New Zealand. We are currently working with our partner and local authorities to remove the ban as soon as we can."

Germany can be a little picky with what it will and won't allow being sold regarding video games, with the country's classification board (USK) refusing to classify anything that contains glorified and over-the-top violence against "human or humanoid" enemies. Other games that are also banned or have had their ban lifted after a review include Dead Island, Left 4 Dead, Dead Rising, and even Gears of War.

Hopefully, Techland can sort this out before Dying Light 2 launches on Nintendo Switch next year. It was announced last month that Dying Light 2 would launch on Nintendo Switch alongside PS5 and Xbox Series X, albeit via cloud streaming. Considering Germany has banned the first Dying Light, it's possible the country could also ban Dying Light 2 which may have adverse effects on the game's cloud launch on Nintendo Switch in Europe.

For the rest of us, Dying Light 2 is still on track for its release next February after a delay pushed it back into 2022. Dying Light 2 is expected to launch on February 4, 2022 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch, with a free new-gen upgrade for those who purchase the game on older consoles.

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Source: https://www.thegamer.com/dying-light-banned-nintendo-eshop/


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