Image: State of Decay 2/Microsoft
Fans of the original State of Decay will remember how the zombie survival simulator was initially banned for sale in Australia, thanks to how certain drugs were used in-game. Fortunately, it looks like the sequel won't be going through any of the same regulatory nightmares.
Much like the problems Fallout 3 had, the original State of Decay was banned over "drug use related to incentives or rewards". Referring to proscribed drugs, like painkillers and "mild stims", was a step too far.
We've just received a copy of the Classification Board's report for State of Decay, which confirms that the game was refused classification as a result of the game rewarding players for using illicit drugs in explicit ways.
The game was patched and resubmitted to the Classification Board, earning a R18+ rating with a "mild impact" for drug use. Interestingly enough, State of Decay 2 doesn't have a rating for drug use at all - although the board notes that there's some moderate language, and some zombie survivors hooking up:
State of Decay 2 is due out sometime this year, although there's no official date as of yet.