CNN reports the Entertainment Self-Regulation Body, or USK, announced Nazi symbols like swastikas will no longer be banned or censored out of computer and video games. However, the symbols must be "socially adequate," or as CNN notes, they "must serve an artistic or scientific purpose or be used to represent particular events in history."
The announcement comes after the October 2017 release Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was heavily censored in Germany. The game follows an alternate universe where the Nazis won, but infamous symbolism was edited out—Adolf Hitler's mustache was taken out, the Nazi symbols were swapped with triangles. Other games like Call of Duty: Black Ops, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade have also been censored in the country. Now, video games will receive a USK age rating.
"Through the change in the interpretation of the law, games that critically look at current affairs can for the first time be given a USK age rating," said USK managing director Elisabeth Secker in a statement. "This has long been the case for films and with regards to the freedom of the arts, this is now rightly also the case with computer and video games."
Germany has a decades-long ban of any "symbols of unconstitutional organizations" aka anything affiliated or associated with the Nazi party. Those who break this law can earn fines or up to three years in prison.