A few weeks ago F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin was refused classification in Australia. The victim of the notoriously intolerant Classification Board, Project Origin was initially refused a rating due to the game’s “strong violence, blood and gore, moderate coarse language.” However, following an appeal from the game’s publisher Warner Bros., F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin has now been granted a 15+MA rating and should be released in Australia in Feb 2009.
According to GamesOnNet, Project Origin was not edited to receive classification. The Australian version of the game will appear exactly as that in other territories. Instead, a Warner Bros.’ appeal was enough to convince the board. “After considering extensive submissions and demonstrations of game play across all levels, the Review Board concluded that the level of violence in the computer game, whilst strong, could be accommodated within the MA 15+ classification,” said a Classification Review Board spokesperson.
Whilst the decision to grant classification to an intact version of Project Origin was eventually successful, other games this year have not had such luck. Dark Sector, GTA 4 and Fallout 3 all had to be edited to suit the Australian MA15+ rating before they could be released. Ultimately, the problem comes from the Australian Classification Board refusing to give an adult certification stamp to videogames with mature content. However, according to EDGE, the Australian government are due to continue discussions regarding the introduction of an 18+ rating early next year.