'DayZ' Is Being Changed Globally To Get A Classification In Australia
Last week brought the news that DayZ, the multiplayer sandbox zombie game, had its physical release in Australia banned. This is despite the game being available for six years already as a digital download early access title. After the physical version was banned the digital version was banned in Australia, too. Now DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive is changing the game globally to meet Australia's classification demands.
It's not known exactly what changes the Australian classification board is seeking, though in the past when games have been refused classification it's usually due to them including real world drug names. That was the case for Bethesda when it was releasing Fallout 3. The game let you use morphine to gain a temporary damage resistance buff. Australia's classification board refused to give the game a rating because its rules wouldn't let it rate games that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults". Bethesda changed the name of the buff to Med-X and that's been the case ever since.
In DayZ you can find morphine, codeine pills, epinephrine auto-injectors, and tetracycline pills - all of which are real-world medicines. So this could well be what's stopping the game from getting its rating.
Rather than make a separate version of the game for the Australian market, Bohemia Interactive is making changes to the game globally.
"We don't want to separate Australian players from the rest of the world, since many people play cross-region," Bohemia told Kotaku Australia in a statement. "We love that DayZ is the place to meet with friends and experience the game without dramatic regional lag. We don't want to change that.
"At the moment, we are editing the global version of DayZ so it will fit into the Board's requirements. The key objective is to keep the gameplay as authentic as it was, so players are not affected by this change."
We'll know what changes needed to be made as soon as the patch notes are released.
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