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Xbox Horror Game Banned In Australia, Or Is It? [Updated]

The Xbox 360 survival horror game Deadly Premonition has been refused classification in Australia, according to the game’s distributor.

Distributor All Interactive Entertainment told Kotaku that the Classification Board rejected the game this week due to unspecified content. The game’s publisher Rising Star Games will not being making changes to that content in order to qualify for an MA15+ rating, the highest possible rating in Australia’s classification scheme.

We have requested the Classification Board’s report on the title and will reveal those details once we have it.

UPDATE: Well, this story has taken a curious twist! The Board has just informed Kotaku that they have no record of Deadly Premonition having been submitted for classification. We’re trying to verify that with the game’s distributor. Stay tuned!

UPDATE #2: We’ve received a statement from Rising Star Games on the matter. Check over here.

Deadly Premonition was developed by Japanese studio Access Games and released in Japan and North America earlier this year. Rising Star Games signed the title for release in PAL territories later this year. A cult classic in the making, Deadly Premonition has received mixed reviews but was praised by many for its quirky, Twin Peaks-inspired take on the horror genre.

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