A "dismemberment" feature set to be including in the retail build of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
has been removed, and will instead be made available as launch DLC, reported Joystiq
. The game originally was to have the ability to dismember enemies with well-placed shots, as evidenced in a recent set of screenshots
Why would City Interactive do such a thing? It's not a scheme to make money, since the DLC will be free
, and it won't be a form of an online pass or anything either. The answer is simply to avoid the risk of a ban in Germany, where overly violent games are often censored or banned. This way, the game can release worldwide, and the violent dismemberment feature can be released at launch everywhere but
Germany. This means everyone wins, as dismembering enemies will still be possible, and as a consolation, Germans can still play the game. I guess those without an internet connection lose out, but the percentage of these people are likely small among our readership.
Again, the dismemberment DLC will be available at launch for free when the game arrives on August 21st.