The Australian Classification Board has refused State of Decay classification in Australia. This comes just after Saints Row IV was refused classification in Australia.
In a statement to IGN, the ACB 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. 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.”
Therefore, the Board decided that the game “contains drug use related to incentives or rewards and should be Refused Classification.”
Undead Labs, the developer of State of Decay, said via Twitter, that one option they were considering was changing the names of the drugs in-game.
@DMC_Ryan That’s certainly one option we’re considering.
— Jeff Strain (@jeffstrain) June 26, 2013
Furthermore, Microsoft told GameSpot that it “operates within the legal requirements of the Australian Classification Board when it comes to the rating of all its first-party gaming titles, and agrees that not all content is suitable for all audiences. The Australian Classification system plays an important role in ensuring that Australians can only access age-appropriate games and content.”
To read the full statement supplied to IGN, with further details about the RC, click here.
Analog Addiction will keep you updated as the story develops.