Nearly four years ago, our classification board refused to classify Left 4 Dead 2. A highly sanitised version of the game just for Aussies, but now that the R18+ rating is in effect, Valve is considering resubmitting the original, uncensored game for classification.
On January 1, a new R18+ rating went into effect (Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge was the first to claim it.) Fans are now wondering if Valve is keen to revisit the subject with a fully unedited Left 4 Dead 2. Writing on Valve’s official forums, Chet Faliszek says yes.
“We have been exploring the options here and what we can legally do,” he said.
“We will have more information on this when we understand the issues fully and how we are moving forward.”
The game was submitted and refused, the decision was appealed, and the appeal was denied. It sounds like Valve isn’t yet certain if Left 4 Dead 2 is eligible for a re-review under a new rating, or if an old decision is final no matter what.
Still, any expense of resubmitting Left 4 Dead 2 for classification “doesn’t worry us,” he added. “This is something we want to do.”