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Watch Dogs reclassified in Australia as R18+

Delayed title comes with more content warnings

Watch Dogs has been re-classified as an R18+ game in Australia, following its original MA15+ status in 2013.

Watch Dogs was originally classified by the Australian Classification Board in September last year, when the open-world title was rated MA15+.


Now, following the game's delay and leading up to its May release date, the board has reassessed the title with an R18+ rating and more aggressive content warnings.

Previously, the content warnings pointed to 'Strong Impact' for violence and themes, whereas now the warnings indicate 'Strong Impact' for themes, drug use and sex. In the board's first ruling the game's drug use was flagged as only 'mild impact'.

Meanwhile, Sex has also graduated from 'moderate' to 'strong', while the game now carries a 'High Impact' warning for violence.

Ubisoft confirmed this week that Watch Dogs will release May 27 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The Wii U version will follow.

The game was scheduled to launch alongside the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but was delayed " to take the extra time to polish and fine tune every detail".

Since the publisher's most recent promotional push, observers have expressed concern over the game's visual aspects.