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State of Decay refused classification in Australia

Undead Labs working with Microsoft to resolve the issue

According to its developers, State of Decay has become the second game in as many days to be refused classification in Australia under the new ratings guidelines.


Following its delay in Australia, State of Decay developer 'Undead Jeff' has announced that the game has been refused classification in Australia, via a post on the Undead Labs forum.

The post reads:

"I have bad news to share: State of Decay has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board (ACB). We've run afoul of certain prohibitions regarding the depiction of drug use. 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."

Jeff is aware of the frustration of gamers, stating that the team is frustrated too. He goes on to say that "each country has the right 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."

The news that State of Decay has been refused classification in Australia comes just a day after Saints Row 4 received the RC verdict.

State of Decay became the fastest selling original game on XBLA with over 500k copies sold, and now Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer is keen on State of Decay for Xbox One.