Update: DayZ has been reclassified as MA15+, according to a report from Kotaku.
A handful of games have been refused classification in Australia over the past couple of weeks, effectively banning them from sale down under.
We Happy Few, Hotline Miami, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and a previously unknown ‘Bonaire’ title from Rockstar, which is assumed to be DLC for Red Dead Redemption 2, are the latest in a long line of games to be given the boot. The first three titles were previously granted R18+ ratings – the latter being given it twice – before being refused classification.
These ‘bans’ come in the wake of DayZ‘s (physical) ban in Australia, despite being available digitally for around five years.
Under the Classification Board’s rules, games must be re-classified when they are ‘changed significantly’. This includes DLC and major patches, and is a totally reasonable rule. The real issue, as outlined by Kotaku Australia’s wonderful Alex Walker, lies in government control over video game classification. Oh, and moral crusading.