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Doom won't be censored in Germany, representing a franchise first

Bethesda makes the announcement with this bizarre trailer.

id Software's upcoming Doom game will be released "100 percent uncut" in Germany later this year, marking the first time that's ever happened in the country. The German arm of publisher Bethesda made the announcement on Twitter, accompanying the news with this bizarre video. Check it out.

A Bethesda North America representative added more details in an English statement to Polygon.

"We're pleased the game can be released in its entirety in Germany without the need to edit or change anything," marketing executive Pete Hines said. "Perhaps not all that surprising given how other titles have been rated there recently, but still a cool thing to see given that Doom and Doom 2 were banned in Germany and were delisted a few years ago."

According to Polygon, uncut Doom games were barred from legal sale in Germany, due to the fact they were listed by the country's Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons. Bethesda acquired id Software and the Doom series in 2009 and successfully lobbied the government to reverse the ban on Doom and Doom II in September 2011.

Bethesda's Fallout 3 was also banned in Germany until recently. It was not the first high-profile game to be banned or edited in Germany. Most recently, in the German version of Wolfenstein: The New Order, Nazis are called "The Regime" and no swastikas are shown

The new Doom launches in May for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. A beta will be held before launch, but information about when it may start has not been announced.

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