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A few days ago, we reported on how the zombie survival game DayZ was refused classification in Australia. Now, Kotaku Australia reports that developers Bohemia Interactive are choosing to change every version of DayZ across the globe in order to get the game available in Australia.
The studio told Kotaku Australia the following:
“We don’t want to separate Australian players from the rest of the world, since many people play cross-region. We love that DayZ is the place to meet with friends and experience the game without dramatic regional lag. We don’t want to change that.”
“At the moment, we are editing the global version of DayZ so it will fit into the Board’s requirements. The key objective is to keep the gameplay as authentic as it was, so players are not affected by this change.”
Bohemia Interactive didn’t elaborate on what exactly would be changed in-game, but it’s likely that we’ll be finding out soon enough.
Australia is one of a number of countries in the world that has an extremely strict game classification system. Their system is also quite bizarre, however.
For example, Saints Row IV was initially refused classification due to references to ‘alien narcotics’ in-game and the in-game Rectifier weapon, which is essential an alien anal probe.
Strangely enough, Australia’s censorship board had no comment on a certain giant, purple, phallic weapon in Saints Row IV.
We have an official MSPoweruser review for DayZ available to read here. Don’t get your hopes up too much, though – we gave it a 3.