State of Decay Gets The Ban Hammer in Australia


Just yesterday we reported on the Australian Classification Board’s decision to ban Saints Row IV from sales in the country. Today we see yet another game falling by the wayside due to the ACB’s strict rules. State of Decay will not be sold in Australia.

The decision was made to ban the sale of the game because of “drug use related to incentives or rewards.” In State of Decay the players uses prescription and illicit drugs to help them throughout the game. The ACB did not approve of this and does not want citizens of its country playing something like this.

The drugs seen in State of Decay include “methadone, morphine, amphetamines, stimulants, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, codeine, aspirin, ‘trucker pills’, painkillers, and tussin.” All of these together forced the decision to bar the game from the country.

The news was announced via the developer’s, Undead Labs, official forums, and was later confirmed by the Australian Classification Board and Microsoft, State of Decay’s publisher.

The ACB said:

The game enables the player’s character to self-administer proscribed drugs which aid in gameplay progression. This game therefore contains drug use related to incentives or rewards, and should be refused classification.

Microsoft has released a statement to GameSpot, which reads:

Microsoft operates within the legal requirements of the Australian Classification Board when it comes to the rating of all its first-party gaming titles, and agrees that not all content is suitable for all audiences. The Australian Classification system plays an important role in ensuring that Australians can only access age-appropriate games and content.

State of Decay has been praised as one of the fastest selling games on the Xbox Live Arcade, with 500,000 copies sold within its first two weeks. Those sales are justified, as the game is quite amazing. For more info on State of Decay check out our review.