In the last 24 hours, the Australian Classification Board has managed to deny that lovely, ginormous spider infested country from not one, but two major titles. The first to be refused classification was Saints Row IV, because of alien anal probing, and now State of Decay has met the same, albeit temporary, fate.
The reason behind this blasphemy? Drug use. In State of Decay, you heal yourself using various drugs scavenged from the world. Everything from Ibuprofen to Morphine can be used to heal your character after they’ve taken damage. Apparently, that’s not okay. Details after the break.
Jeff Strain, executive producer at Undead Labs, confirmed they’re trying to remedy the issue, “We’re working with Microsoft to come up with options, including changing names of certain medications in the game to comply with ratings requirements. Whatever our path forward, it’s going to take a bit.
“I know this is frustrating — believe me, we’re frustrated too — but each country has the right to set its own rules about content, and it’s our responsibility to comply with them. Rest assured we’ll do everything we can to find a way to get the game into your hands. Stay tuned.”
It’s a shame, because this is a really good game that shouldn’t be kept from people because of something as silly as healing items. At least it’s doing remarkably well, even without Australian gamers’ hard-earned money.
Hopefully this will be resolved soon.