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State Of Decay Denied Classification In Australia, Effectively Banning It.

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Just this week  the Australian ratings board denied Saint’s Row IV classification, essentially banning the game from being sold within the country. Now, the run-away-hit State of Decay, which has become the fastest selling XBLA title ever, has run in to the same problem.

Jeff Strain, the Executive Produce of State of Decay at Undead Labs, took to the official State of Decay forums to break the news, saying:

“Hola Australian State of Decay fans,

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.”

For anybody who hasn’t played the game, you’re let loose in an open-world filled with zombies and must simply survive, building your community as you do so. Part of surviving includes gathering up and using various medications, be it to treat wounds or to simply keep your stamina up long enough so that you can stumble home. Presumably either there was a specific drug that the board were not happy with the player being able to guzzle, or it was all of the drugs in general and the player’s ability to use them at any time and in any amount.

Jeff continued:

“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.”

One can’t help but feel that the entire point of Australia introducing an R18+ rating at the start of the year was for situations such as this.

Ah well, my heart goes out to my gaming brothers and sisters in Kangaroo land. Don’t worry, Undead Labs are working on it so there’s a very good chance that you will get to play State of Decay eventually.

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About Baden Ronie

I always hate writing about myself, it's such a pain in the ass to know where I should start. I'm twenty-two years young and love to play, as you may have already guessed. When WolfsGamingBlog.com started up it was simply because I found writing to be a good form of stress relief for when my Cystic Fibrosis was getting me down or simply because I had been having a bad week. When I started writing I never dreamed that people would actually read it, or that it would ever get this big. It's mind boggling. My writing isn't the best, but through trial, error and the comments of readers I strive to improve it so I can provide fair reviews. My ultimate goal is to prove that not everyone in the gaming media are corrupt idiots intent on delivering false reviews. Other than that I'm a fully qualified lifeguard and used to teach first-aid and life-saving skills to kids. What more is there to say? Hmmm, well I love music, reading and films. I'm a drummer, enjoy going swimming and tend to get distracted by shiny objects. Is that a fifty-pence?

2 comments on “State Of Decay Denied Classification In Australia, Effectively Banning It.

  1. This is just wrong, how can a game get banned for this, completely absurd and only in Australia :/ Loads of games have been banned like this before here in aus :(

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