It hasn’t been a great week for the anti-censorship campaigners who so recently celebrated the introduction of an R18+ rating for video games. Even as the industry debated the merits of the Saints Row IV ban, it emerged that another high profile title had failed to secure an R18+ rating, the maximum classification available for games in this country. The title in question was the XBLA exclusive State of Decay.
Seattle developer Undead Labs took to its official forums to confirm that its long awaited zombie action game had been refused classification. According to executive producer Jeff Strain, the developer “ran afoul of certain prohibitions regarding the depiction of drug use”. Undead Labs is now consulting with its publisher Microsoft on the potential for edits, “including changing the names of certain medications in the game to comply with ratings requirements.”
State of Decay has been available to overseas gamers for more than three weeks.