Well, Australian zombiephiles, you can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Apparently people at Valve and the Australian game classification board have been reading this zombie blog, because they’ve gone ahead and approved a modified version of Left 4 Dead 2 for sale in Australia.
Fans of the wildly popular zombie game will recall that the Australian game classification board had refused the game for classification citing realistic, high-impact violence. Not to be deterred, Valve developers quickly got to work modifying the game, removing some of the elements that the game classification board cited as among the most inappropriate, including “decapitations, dismemberment, wound detail, or piles of bodies lying about the environment.”
After being resubmitted with the modifications, Left 4 Dead 2 received an “MA 15+” rating for “strong, bloody violence.”
Phew. ‘Cause if there’s one thing Aussie gamers MUST have, it’s strong, bloody violence.
This is good news for Australians, who were living in fear that Left 4 Dead 2 might never grace their shores.
According to Gamespot.au, Valve is reportedly still hoping that the original, unmodified version of the zombie game will receive classification, although this zombiephile worries that the game commission approving the original version of Left 4 Dead is admittedly unlikely given that the game commission has already refused to classify it once, effectively banning it.
According to Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell, who made a special trip to Sydney to push the approval through,
“Right now we’re pursuing two tracks: the first track is to release the product that we’ve created as is in Australia…This is our very strong preference and what we’re working with the [Classification Board] to see if we can achieve–so we have an appeal of their decision.
One thing at least is for certain – Australians WILL be seeing Left 4 Dead 2 released in the coming months, although we’re still not entirely sure which version of the zombie game they’ll get to play. We’ll be happy as long as they get it at all – we’ve often discussed the value of zombie games like Left 4 Dead for training and preparing people for the imminent zombie outbreak.
Zombiephiles of Australia, rejoice!