Left 4 Dead 2 Secures Australian Release
Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 has been cleared for release in Australia after the country’s classification board granted a modified version of the title an MA 15+ rating.
The Office of Film and Literature Classification’s report explains that the edited version of the multiplayer-focused zombie shooter “no longer contains depictions of decapitation, dismemberment, wound detail or piles of dead bodies lying about the environment”, although melee weapons such as axes, crowbars and chainsaws are still featured.
The unedited version of Left 4 Dead 2 was refused classification in September due to its depiction of “realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence”. That decision was appealed by Valve and the game’s distributor EA, who still hope to launch the unmodified version of the game following an October 22 review by the classification board.
“We are waiting until we get the results back from the resubmitted full version, just in case it gets classified after working with the OFLC, we would much prefer to release that one,” an EA spokesperson told news.com.au.
Earlier this week Valve revealed plans to support Left 4 Dead 2 with a $25 million marketing campaign. The title is due for release on November 17 and Valve president Gabe Newell has said that, based on pre-orders, he expects the game to be the fastest-selling product in the company’s history.