Once again Germany blazes a trail of understanding, enlightenment, and liberal policy when it comes to video games. It would appear that Jericho, the upcoming release from the horrific mind of Clive Barker. Of course, being a Clive Barker creation the game is going to feature blood, probably some gore, monsters, dark creepy places, and probably some more blood so it's no real surprise that much like Gears of War and Manhunt 2 (even post gore edits) Jericho was denied a rating by the USK, the German version of the ESRB.
Having no real experience with the USK I decided that I should earn my journalistic dollars and do a little research. As it turns out, when the USK denies to rate a game it is effectively done for in Germany. Jericho will only be released on PC in Germany, is not allowed to be sold in retail shops or online, and no marketing, advertisement, or promotion for the game is allowed. Sony and Microsoft, even if they were allowed to market the game and release it for their platforms in Germany wouldn't be allowed to sell it except through shady out-of-shopping-cart transactions ala the Good Guy transaction scene in Child's Play.
Interestingly, the PC, 360, and PS3 demo for Jericho is going to be released tomorrow. I'm curious as to whether it's release in Germany will be blocked considering it is game they have effectively blackballed from sale in their country.