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Swastika prompts German Wolf recall

Activision taking no chances.

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Activision has recalled Wolfenstein in Germany, reportedly because you can faintly see a swastika on a poster, which is a big no-no in the country.

"Although it is not a conspicuous element in the normal game ... we have decided to take this game immediately from the German market," is the publisher's translated statement picked up by Kotaku.

Swastikas are forbidden in Germany according to its post-World War II constitution, and the consequences for the boss of a Germany company that displays one are pretty serious (potentially including jail time for repeat offences) if he or she does not take immediate action.

The Nazi symbol can be used in an historical or artistic context, but apparently videogames don't count. Those dealing with World War II still make it to Germany, but obviously need to be edited to remove any law-breaking imagery and icons.

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