“As you could have probably guessed, this news doesn’t sit well with Valve. VP of Marketing, Doug Lombardi, told IGN the company was surprised by the ban
“We were surprised to hear of this news. Obviously, everyone at Valve is disappointed,” he said. “It would be a shame if folks in Australia, or anywhere else, are unable to purchase Left 4 Dead 2 because of a ratings issue.”
The game was denied classification due to its ‘high impact violence’ against ‘living humans infected with a rabies-like virus.’
EA Australia is currently working through the submission process to see what, if anything can be done. Valve, meanwhile, is still collecting the details as well.
“As for what’s next, we don’t really know yet,” Lombardi added. “We’re still getting information back.”
News is just coming out now that Valve’s latest zombie killer Left 4 Dead 2 has been refused classification by Australian authorities for being uber violent…
Now many gamers will already know that censors in Oz are reasonably conservative and its not uncommon to see things being banned but given the success of the first Left 4 dead game, which was massive globally, the ban in Australia may mean Valve will have to rework some code to comply. The original Left 4 Dead was rated ‘MA 15+’ by the censors in Oz.
EA Australia has issued the following statement: “[We] are still working through the submission process with OFLC and want to explore all opportunities before making any comment.” Once we no more we will update the post but as it stands…sorry digger no Zombie survival for you!