State of Decay is a zombie-survival title and it’s currently garnering a serious set of positive reviews but despite the fact it being released in most territories today, an Australian date is nowhere in sight.
On April 25 a member of the development team posted this list on the official Undead Labs forums, the studio developing the game. The list ran through the countries State of Decay would be available in upon release. Back then Australia was listed under ‘pending‘.
Today, in response to complaints about a similar situation in New Zealand, another member of the State of Decay development team stated international releases were being handled by their publisher.
So we got in contact with Microsoft locally.
“State of Decay is not yet available in Australia,” explained a Microsoft representative, “as it’s still waiting for classification from the classification board. As soon as that’s done you will be able to get your hands on it.”
So the issue, at this point, is classification. Were Microsoft late in sending the game in to get classified? Has there been a delay over at the classification board? We got in contact with the Classification Board locally to find out when the game was submitted, but we’ve yet to hear an official response.
It’s relieving, however, to hear confirmation from Microsoft that the game has actually been submitted for classification. Sometimes the cost of classification makes local publishers think twice about releasing smaller titles on digital services here is Australia — the good news here is that State of Decay will be released in Australia at some point but, at the moment, we have no idea when.
UPDATE: We’ve received a statement from the Classification Board stating the following…
The game, State of Decay, has been submitted for classification and is currently being considered. Games that are classified are listed in the National Classification Database on the Classification website at www.classification.gov.au. The database is updated overnight.
Not much more info, but it does seem to suggest the game will be classified sooner rather than later.