State of Decay Also Falls Foul of Australian Classification Board
Written Wednesday, June 26, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Hot on the heels of Saints Row IV, State of Decay has become the next game to be refused classification in Australia.
“State of Decay has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board,” wrote Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain on the studio's official forums. “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.”
The nature of the ACB’s issue seems to be with the nature of some of the substances you can consume in the XBLA zombie shooter.
“These ‘medications’ include both legal and illicit substances such as methadone, morphine, amphetamines, stimulants, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, codeine, aspirin, ‘trucker pills’, painkillers and tussin,” reads an official statement by the ACB.
“Of these, methadone, morphine, and amphetamines are proscribed drugs and the term ‘stimulant’ is commonly used to refer to a class of drugs of which several are proscribed.
“Consumption of the drug instantly increases a player’s in-game abilities allowing them to progress through gameplay more easily. The Applicant has stated that a ‘player can choose not to make any drugs or scavenge for them, but it would be very difficult to complete the game without some form of medication’.
“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.”
Australia introduced an R18+ ratings category in January, after years of preventing “mature” games to be published in the country. However, it would seem that the regulations remain pretty tight.