In the wake of news that Saints Row IV was refused classification, we’ve now learned that State of Decay has also been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board.
Jeff Strain, the Executive Producer of the State of Decay confirmed the news today in a forum post.
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.
Saints Row IV was mainly RC’d as a result of implied sexual violence, but illicit drug use also contributed to the Board’s decision to not grant the game a rating in Australia. Seems like State of Decay has suffered a similar fate.
Undead Labs is apparently looking for a solution, but has not confirmed whether it will resubmit a modified version of the game just yet.
“I know this is frustrating — believe me, we’re frustrated too — but each country has the right set its own rules about content, and it’s our responsibility to comply with them,” read the statement. “Rest assured we’ll do everything we can to find a way to get the game into your hands. Stay tuned.”
It’s worth noting that the Classification Board has not posted the news on its site just yet, so it is possible that a final decision has not yet been made. We’ve contacted the Classification Board and will update when we receive confirmation either way.
Thanks to Vooks for the heads up