State of Decay 'banned' in Australia: developer

About The Author

CNET Editor

Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

Just one day after Saints Row IV became the first game to be refused classification after the R18+ laws passed, the Classification Board has reportedly followed it up by giving the same treatment to State of Decay.

(Credit: Undead Labs)

State of Decay is a "zombie-survival open-world game" created by Undead Labs for the Xbox 360 and PC.

It was released to most territories on 5 June, but has been awaiting classification for Australia.

In a post on the Undead Labs forum, a poster named Undead Jeff — identifying themselves as a developer — said:

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.

At the moment, there's no report or announcement on the Classification Board site. We'll update as more information or verification comes to hand.

Update: Kotaku has, once again, received a copy of the Classification Board's report regarding its decision. The report said:

The game contains the option of self-administering a variety of "medications" throughout gameplay, which act to restore a player's health or boost their stamina. These "medications" include both legal and illicit substances, such as methadone, morphine, amphetamines, stimulants, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, codeine, aspirin, "trucker pills", painkillers and tussin.

The report concludes: "in the board's opinion, the game enables the player's character to self-administer proscribed drugs which aid in gameplay progression. This game therefore contains drug use related to incentives or rewards, and should be refused classification."

Updated at 4.34pm AEST: added detail about the Classification Board's report.

Add Your Comment 14

Post comment as

theeman2005 posted a comment   

I said it be for i say it again this world needs to change to make this world better. Period


theeman2005 posted a comment   

What the **** Isn't banned in australia? yea really i want to know.
Everything good is banned in that **** up part of the world.
the australia government go **** yourselfs and try be happy after everyone that lives there leaves because of you dumb **** yes really.
australia grow the **** up for a change. Period


DeanS1 posted a comment   

**** australia for its **** up decisions this government is run by a bunch of **** who have no care about the gaming community i am disgusted to call myself a gamer from australia what was the **** point of having r18 if they were going to set their own restrictions seriously they need a wake up call


JamieR2 posted a comment   

what a load of **** why did we bother pushin for 18 if these rim jobs still ban games over stupid **** its fuckin **** the aussie Classification Board there still treatin the 18 like a 15 rating get with the fuckin times


ZacharyW1 posted a comment   

Hahahaha, "assault children's minds." What a load of **** What about CoD nut shots? I thought that was sexual assault? And even in most shooter games, or RPG, Action, and etc, you could mess around and assault sexual body parts.

I do like what c|net says... but it's a game! Will it end the world in an apocalyptic hell hole filled with what once was "innocent" children? No.

To me Australia needs to grow up, and grow some damn balls as a country.
Australia is the feminine, bossy wimp country when it comes to games.

R18 means R18 games! You gawed damn **** s


RyanS5 posted a comment   

Why make it so games can be R18+ then bann them ? the government want to stop piracy this is the reason piracy happens


BrianP1 posted a comment   

I was looking forward to purchasing this game. Now Piracy may be the only option!!


Katanyavich posted a comment   

I hold our government in complete contempt for this. Why do the fools think we were pushing for the 18+ rating? So those crims can move the goalposts? I'll be getting this for sure now. To hell with censorship, and to hell with our government.

Sponsored Links

Recently Viewed Products