A video game in which players can incarnate a Nazi SS officer in an Auschwitz-like concentration camp and decide which prisoners to send to the gas chambers.
The upcoming game called "Cost of Freedom" is reportedly developed by the Ukrainian company Alien Games and is being investigated by the Polish Institute of National Memory (IPN) and the District Prosecutor's Office in the Polish capital Warsaw.
The trailer was put online and offers players the opportunity to send prisoners for "disinfection" in a concentration camp like Auschwitz.
In an online trailer, the game shows prisoners wearing the blue-and-white striped clothing typical of concentration camps
The player who embodies the NS-SS Guard must send prisoners to a concentration camp such as Auschwitz for "disinfection"
The game features prominent images showing how concentration camp inmates are gassed and suffer agonizing deaths.
The trailer also shows that players can choose to play as rebellious prisoners or as Nazi guards with violent scenes of being burned at the camp fence and lying dead.
Lukasz Lapczynski, spokesman for the district prosecutor's office, announced that investigations are underway to investigate the crime of "insulting the Polish nation and promoting a fascist regime".
The Institute of National Remembrance decided to petition the Procuratorate after a change was made to the game's trailer using the phrase: "Polish concentration camps, where is the honor of this great Polish nation, where is your honor, you Polin Dogs?
Evidence is currently being collected in an investigation of the game to "insult the Polish nation and promote a fascist regime."
Polish journalist Wojciech Wybranowski believes that the game may have been developed by Russia to defame Ukraine and put a strain on Polish-Ukrainian relations
Players can choose to play as rebel camp prisoners or as Nazi guardians
It is reported that the game repeatedly refers to "Polish death camps", which are extremely offensive in Poland. The camps were located in occupied Polish territory and operated by the Nazis.
The expulsion of the extermination camps as "Polish" instead of "Nazi" has led to German media being asked by the Polish government for an official apology.
Polish journalist Wojciech Wybranowski believes that the game may have been developed by Russia to defame Ukraine and put a strain on Polish-Ukrainian relations.
Wybranowski quoted the link between Dimitry Dybin, who has been working for Russian TV channels since 2012, with Alien Games, according to Wybranowski.
In violent scenes of the game, prisoners are burned and lie dead at the fence of the camp
The game allows players to embody Nazi SS officers in an Auschwitz-like concentration camp
The game features prominent images showing how concentration camp inmates are gassed and suffer agonizing deaths
The game is not yet released and the developer website says it will be "coming soon" on the popular Steam gaming platform owned by Valve Corporation.
According to unconfirmed reports, the indie game is expected to be released in December 2018.
It is unclear what action will be taken if it is banned. The investigation is still ongoing.