CoD: Black Ops 3 gets series-first Aussie R18+

Looks like the Call of Duty series is growing up: Black Ops 3 has netted the series its first Australian R18+ classification, meaning all of the 15-year olds lapping up Black Ops 2 will have to wait three years to play the sequel.

It’s the first time the FPS franchise has been given anything more serious than an MA15+, and the decision may well impact on game sales, as Black Ops is traditionally an easy choice for Christmas gamer gifts. That said, Activision has previously been concerned about ratings, submitting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 under a codename. (This was back in the day before Australia had an R18+ rating, when publishers would submit games under false identities to hopefully disperse any negative press if one was Refused Classification.

Unsurprisingly, Black Ops 3 has been given the adults-only sticker due to “high impact violence” and “strong impact themes”, with a warning about online interactivity.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will hit PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One from November 6.

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