Australian fan rejoice! Oh, wait… I mean bad news… Don’t rejoice. The Australian Classification Review Board (consisting of 3 people) have today announced that they have not changed their minds on the RC, or Refused Classification. This decision is said to be the “final decision”.
The game will be released in Australia, however there will be an enormous amount of content and features missing from the game.
The official statement:
“A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board (the Review Board) has unanimously determined that the computer game “Left 4 Dead 2? is classified RC (Refused Classification).
In the Review Board’s opinion, “Left 4 Dead 2? could not be accommodated within the MA 15+ classification. The computer game contains a level of violence which is high in impact, prolonged, repeated frequently and realistic within the context of the game.
In addition, it was the Review Board’s opinion that there was insufficient delineation between the depiction of general zombie figures and the human figures, as opposed to the clearly fictional ‘infected’ characters. This was a major consideration of the Review Board in determining the impact of this game on minors.”
It doesn’t sound like any changes will be made. This is a huge disappointment for any fan of Left 4 Dead in Australia, and I can’t even imagine what the game is going to look like with all said features absent from the game.
Article from Gamersyndrome.com