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As weird as it may sound, it looks like Australian zombie killers are going to have to focus their killing prowl on something less gruesome.  After Valve’s appeal to Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification ban on L4D2, the OFLC has recently announced their decision, and the results aren’t pretty.

As of today, the game has officially and forever been denied the MA15+ rating in Australia.  What this means is that retailers are forbidden to sell the game as is.  Read on for further details.

An official statement has been released declaring its results to deny L4D2 its glory.

“In the Review Board’s opinion, Left 4 Dead 2 could not be accommodated within the MA 15+ classification. The computer game contains a level of violence which is high in impact, prolonged, repeated frequently and realistic within the context of the game.

In addition, it was the Review Board’s opinion that there was insufficient delineation between the depiction of general zombie figures and the human figures, as opposed to the clearly fictional ‘infected’ characters. This was a major consideration of the Review Board in determining the impact of this game on minors.

Computer games classified RC cannot be sold, hired, advertised or demonstrated in Australia.”

In light of all this trauma, Valve had anticipated this decision and has been developing a censored version, which did receive the MA15+ rating.  It’ll be available for Australians on Nov.17th.  Sorry guys.

Kind of ironic this happens the same day as the release of the game’s enthralling trailer.

Source: Official Statment, 1up

  1. This is fucking ridiculous. Not surprising, but ridiculous. So many people in the OFLC need to be hit over the head by a plank of wood with a nail in it.

  2. Well as long as they don’t cut too much out, it should be fine :D

  3. That’s fine ship the game as the censored version at least Australian gamers will actually be able to play L4D2… Now the real question is I wonder how long it will take before someone “accidentally” finds a way to remove the censorship? Hmm anyone want to place bets?

  4. avatar Alan

    I give it a week… Valve will probably make it easy deliberatly or impossible.

  5. avatar ryan @ london

    Aussie people should be sooo annoyed at this!! Second only to Modern Warefare 2, this game is the biggest release of 2009 for the xbox 360!!

    what on earth are they doing not letting you guys play this game!?

    worst comes to worst import a UK copy via eBay :-)

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