THQ Nordic is today celebrating its second success of the past few months after Red Faction II followed Red Faction in being removed from the list of media harmful to young persons in Germany, otherwise known as “The Index“.
In 2003, the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (BPjM) banned Saints Row developer Volition’s first-person shooter Red Faction in Germany after deeming it harmful to minors because of its violent gameplay. 15 years later the department removed Red Faction from the list, and have now followed up on that decision by removing the 2002 follow-up.
“At THQ Nordic we were aware of the implications of this momentous decision, and needed to adopt a bold approach,” says Jans Binsmaier, Publishing Director at THQ Nordic.
According to the publisher, “numerous discussions, tact and some skilful powers of persuasion were required to achieve a result“.
Following its second removal in the last 5 months, THQ Nordic will now have further discussions with the BPjM to ensure that all players worldwide are able to play its titles: “We will of course still be nurturing our extensive games portfolio that now comprises over 265 titles, and will do our utmost to ensure that gamers can play our games in the future.” said Binsmaier.