It’s been a rough few days for Australian gamers. The country’s interactive software ratings board has denied two marquee titles from securing ratings this week.
First was Saints Row IV, which we learned this morning was banned from Australia for illicit drugs and the inclusion of an “Alien Anal Probe.” I’m not kidding.
More news of bans comes today with the Xbox LIVE Arcade exclusive (temporary exclusive, I might add) State of Decay. We recently did a Let’s Play of this wildly successful open world zombie survival title, which you’ll find sitting at the head of this post.
The reason for State of Decay‘s rating miss? Drugs. Here’s Undead Labs’ Jeff Strain, Executive Producer, in the official forum post announcing the news.
I have bad news to share: State of Decay has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board (ACB). We’ve run afoul of certain prohibitions regarding the depiction of drug use. We’re working with Microsoft to come up with options, including changing names of certain medications in the game to comply with ratings requirements. Whatever our path forward, it’s going to take a bit.
I know this is frustrating — believe me, we’re frustrated too — but each country has the right to set its own rules about content, and it’s our responsibility to comply with them. Rest assured we’ll do everything we can to find a way to get the game into your hands. Stay tuned.
It looks like Undead Labs is going to work with Microsoft in order to mitigate the problems.
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