Following on from yesterday’s report that upcoming Starbreeze shooter Syndicate has been denied classification in Australia, publisher EA has revealed it will no longer try and distribute the game in the country.
“It’s regrettable that government policy in Australia is denying adults the right to play Syndicate,” an EA spokesperson told IGN. “The game will be not be available in Australia despite its enthusiastic response from fans.”
“We were encouraged by the government’s recent agreement to adopt an 18+ age rating for games. We urge policy makers to take swift action to implement an updated policy that reflects today’s market and gives its millions of adult consumers the right to make their own content choices.”
A report from the Australian Classification Board on the game reads: “In the opinion of the Board, the game contains intense sequences of violence which include detailed depictions of decaptitation and dismemberment that are high in playing impact. The game also contains the ability to inflict repeated and realistic post mortem damage which exceeds strong in playing impact. It is therefore unsuitable for a minor to see or play and should be Refused Classification pursuant to item 1(d) of the computer games table of the Code.”
Just as EA said above, let’s hope Australia adopts the new 18+ rating sooner rather than later.