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Australia won't see The Walking Dead game

Australia's strict classification laws for video games have once again stopped a game coming Down Under, only this time the publishers didn't even bother going through the classification process.

The video game adaptation of the Walking Dead has been on everyone's lips, however the game won't be sold in Australia or New Zealand.

On Telltale Games' official forum, a member asked about the release of The Walking Dead in Australia. An employee of Telltale replied with the following: "Sorry, but due to the OFLC ratings laws in Australia and New Zealand, and the fact that this is a mature game, we do not currently have plans to release the game there on consoles."

So there you have it: presumably because they expected to be refused classification, Telltale Games has opted to not submit the game at all.

Does this set a precedent for all games that contain mature content? Could Australia see more developers and publishers not releasing games here because of the hassle that comes with classification? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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20 comments

  • WrathLord03 - April 26, 2012 1:07 a.m.

    I went on the PSN Store looking for this and while it's overall 'folder' was there, nothing was inside. I thought something screwed up but it turns out its just our government. Shame.
  • taokaka - April 26, 2012 3:30 a.m.

    The same thing happened with Mortal Kombat which confused me. Anywho this surprises me, is the game really that graphic that telltale just said screw it?
  • thatnerdguy1 - April 26, 2012 4:26 a.m.

    It really is. 10 minutes in, you rip out a zombie's eyeball with the back end of a hammer in fromt of an eight-year-old kid. On camera. (and this is nly after bashing it's skull in a few times.)
  • demigod2195 - April 26, 2012 1:46 a.m.

    if they did release it in australia its far more likely it would receive a MA 15+ rating rather that refused classification the vast majority of games rated R18(or whatever the foreign equivelant is) overseas are rated MA in australia only a few are refused classification
  • Warbosselite - April 26, 2012 2:07 a.m.

    it's kinda irrelevant anyway, i havn't bought my games retail in New Zealand in about 2 years the prices are inflated through the roof, steam is much cheaper and far less hassle with a much bigger library. good thing that all games on steam come with the american classifications. already played the first episode of walking dead and it was really awesome :D
  • EroticInvisibleMan - April 26, 2012 5:47 p.m.

    The price of games in Australia is slowly dropping. New AAA games are now closer to $90 than $120. Still pretty hefty, but not as bad as it has been.
  • OohWiiUILookJustLikeBuddyHolly - April 26, 2012 3:18 a.m.

    I wasn't aware that just because we are next to Australia that meant we shared the exact same laws as them. Oh wait, that's because we don't. No, we have lenient as fuck laws when it comes to ratings. Fuck you Telltale.
  • captiandog - April 26, 2012 3:32 a.m.

    This isn't australia's folt it's telltale's
  • thochaos - April 26, 2012 3:45 a.m.

    I tried buying this today as well and was pretty annoyed to find an empty folder. It was even worse when I found out it's cheaper than the PC edition. Oh well, I'll just wait for a Steam sale and grab it then.
  • Shinn - April 26, 2012 4:10 a.m.

    The NZ classification system is completely separate from, and completely different to Australia's. I'm starting to get a little tired of these publishers overcharging by such a gross amount for their products, and then having the gall to dump us in with Aus because it's more convenient. I have no doubt in my mind that most of the console gamers here in NZ that are bummed about missing out will just pirate the game on pc. It's a shame really.
  • wayneg561 - April 26, 2012 5:10 a.m.

    I will state this once and once only. Australia has and is going way too far concerning censorship. First they outlaw any pornographic content featuring women with small boobs, some people just like small boobies they are not sexual deviants. Now they go after any video game with a drop of blood. The Australian government needs to realize that gaming is not just for kids and not everyone likes huge honkers.
  • somerandomchap - April 26, 2012 5:45 a.m.

    Since no one bothered to research anything "On 19 March 2012, the House of Representatives passed the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R18+ Computer Games Bill 2012. Once passed by the Senate, the Bill will commence on 1 January 2013. This will give the States and Territories enough time to amend their own classification legislation to allow for R18+ computer games." I am not defending the rating system but everywhere but Australia seems to really inflate the situation, 99.5% of M rated games that get classified get an MA rating here, it is no where as strict as Germany for example.
  • somerandomchap - April 26, 2012 6:07 a.m.

    Here's the entire list of games ever banned, Mortal Kombat and Syndicate stand out but if you want them you buy the games online for a third the price they outrageously are sold for in stores, seriously $120 for a new AAA title is crazy, and that's why Australian games retailers are going under. Really there should be an article detailing how shit the pricing is down here and New Zealand have it even worse than us. The prices were only that high because our dollar was worth half as much as the greenback but now we are on par or high than it and yet retailers don't change. Blitz: The League Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Mortal Kombat NARC (2005 game) Postal Postal 2 Phantasmagoria Reservoir Dogs Risen Shellshock 2: Blood Trails Singles: Flirt Up Your Life Syndicate Voyeur
  • Pacific - April 26, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    I thought this bull-shit had finished?
  • krankyman - April 26, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    Maybe not on consoles, but I've bought and played this already on Steam with no tricks just straight through the AU store.
  • noneedlesjustshots - April 26, 2012 9:15 p.m.

    Pretty sad that a developer is so afraid of releasing a game for the enjoyment of its potential customers because some old white guys think that anyone under the age of 40 is a ticking time bomb of hormones ready to kill everybody once a violent video game comes out.
  • nowbeez - May 1, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    I'm in the US studying and games are so much cheaper out here. Hit me up if you want to get a better price or can't get a game at all. PS3 games are NTSC but they will play on NZ/AUS PAL systems. Changing Wii and Xbox games over is easy and there are vids on youtube. I can also change it for you, burn it, and send you both disks (the burn and the original game) @nowbeez
  • JJ_DA_KING - May 3, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    Damn just another great game i'm gonna miss out on, at least we did get Left 4 Dead 2 which had the gore removed for release.
  • Ei8hT - November 21, 2012 4:19 a.m.

    Stupid the government..many horror games out there why they not stop them ??!! ..Dead Space,left 4 dead,dead island...Could we need to show up the licence,ID to buy the game ??!..stupid idiot..
  • ryan-mitchell - December 3, 2012 4:11 a.m.

    i dont care how graphic the game is or how shallow the developers think the australian government is, no matter how retarded our prime minister is, i find the lack of effort to even ask for a rating here is in many ways a middle finger to all australian gamers who love the comics and tv show of walking dead let alone the zombie genre in general. however if people want it badly enough theres always getting it shipped from play-asia.com...thats how i got MK9

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