Another day, another crazy refusal of classification in Australia.
Kotaku Australia is reporting that not only has the physical edition of DayZ been refused classification in Australia, the Classification Board is now working to get the game pulled from digital store fronts.
The game was originally refused classification on June 4th, with Kotaku having seen a report that says that the game was banned over “illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives of rewards”. More specifically, it looks like this relates to a marijuana joint, which is labelled cannabis in-game which heals the player.
“The use of drugs (marijuana) as an incentive or reward during the gameplay exceeds what can be accommodated within the R18+ classification and therefore must be Refused Classification,” the report says.
Kotaku goes on to say that after the game was originally refused classification in June, the IARC rated the game with a MA15+ label, but unfortunately, the Classification Board overrides this rating, which means that the game has been banned and will be removed from digital storefronts.
This is a very similar scenario to what happened with Fallout 3, and one can only hope we don’t see it happen with Cyberpunk.