Following the introduction of an R18+ Adults Only rating for video games, Australian gamers have had a few titles on their collective wishlists. Among them: An unedited version of Left 4 Dead 2. While publisher Valve is yet to make any official statements, the Seattle-based studio is reportedly in the process of "exploring legal options" of resubmitting L4D2 in the hopes of receiving an R18+ badge.
The original game was famously "castrated" in September 2009 in order to get past the Australian censors, removing blood, gore, decapitation and limb dismemberment.
No need to flood us with emails. We have been exploring the options here and what we can legally do. We will have more information on this when we understand the issues fully and how we are moving forward but don't worry any cost associated with it doesn't worry us, this is something we want to do.
Aussies have also been flooding Warner Bros. with emails, regarding the potential R18+ future of Mortal Kombat. That one has been dealt with rather neatly, however. The publisher has submitted Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition - a new version of the game complete with previously-released DLC packs - to the Classification Board. Technically, this is not a resubmission, as the extra content makes it a different game.
(Unfortunately, at this stage, there doesn't seem to be any bonus edition loophole for Left 4 Dead 2.)
At the same time, Australia has been given its first R18+ rated game, with Wii U exclusive Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge taking home the dubious honour. Incidentally, it too is a new version of an older game, packed with DLC and other enhancements. The original Ninja Gaiden 3 was given an MA15+ rating.
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