The censoring of Left 4 Dead 2 was one of the more depressing parts of Australia’s struggle for an R18+ rating — a brilliant video game completely butchered and broken in order to make it through at MA15+. But we’ve just gotten word that on August 29, almost five years after the game’s initial release, the complete uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2 finally made it through classification.
The rating, as you might expect, is R18+.
It seems silly to classify a video game like Left 4 Dead 2 so long after the fact, but really it feels like a nice little victory. It was a real low point in the classification debate here in Australia, and its great to know that we can play the game in its final state without having to resort to mods or workarounds.
It looks as though it was Valve themselves who put the game through the classification system and not EA, the game’s local publisher back when the game was initially released in November 2009. Either way, it’s great news.
UPDATE: Doug Lombardi of Valve confirmed the news to Kotaku Australia.
“We are delighted that the full version of Left 4 Dead 2 will be available to fans age 18+ in Australia,” he said. “We are making plans to deliver that version to those who have already purchased the game. We will announce more details on that soon.”