Too Triggering: Video Game Censors Hitler's Moustache to Get Around German Laws
The makers of a new video game set in an 'alternative reality' where Nazi Germany won World War II have been forced to censor Adolf Hitler - by removing his moustache.
The Nazi leader appears clean shaven in the German version of the game Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, in order to skirt the country's anti-Nazi laws.
The first-person shooter game is set in the year 1961 of an alternate reality in which Germany won World War II, and sees Hitler funding and directing a new play.
But in German trailers promoting the game, producers Bethesda have chosen to remove the Hitler's trademark facial hair.
Since 1945, the Swastika and all other Nazi symbols have been banned in Germany, and the game has taken serious steps to avoid falling foul of the law.
Hitler isn't even acknowledged by name, and other characters refer to him as 'My Chancellor', or 'mein Kanzler.'
Swastikas are replaced by a new, made up three pronged symbol.
In the game, released earlier this month, America has fallen to the Nazi occupation and gamers must rally the resistance and liberate the USA.
English-speaking versions of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus use phrases like 'mein fuhrer', but the German release shied away from the country's dark past.
Gamers in Germany labelled the censorship 'embarrassing' and claimed producers had deprived users of a historically accurate experience.
One gamer, who did not want to be named, said: 'They deprived us of a great story by removing the amazing voice acting, both English and German, and replacing it with a low quality dub that changes the narrative into a nonsensical, patronising mess.
'And then having the gall to offer it to us thinking we wouldn't notice these obvious changes, that's the censorship.'
It is likely that Bethesda will have considered the cost of violating German anti-Nazi laws - which can land individuals with up to three years behind bars and a fine - before censoring its latest Nazi game.
A gamer said: 'They should've just put a paper bag on his head with 'not Hitler' written on it.'