DayZ has been a source of a potential ban in Australia after the country’s ratings board refused classification for the physical release of the game due to depictions of drug usage which was touted to be a form of health. DayZ has been available digitally in Australia for a number of years but this ban on the physical release meant that there was a real possibility that Australian authorities would remove the game from sale on digital stores. DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive responded to the issue by statting it would do everything it could to make sure Australians didn’t lose access to the game.
It is now being stated that Bohemia Interactive has come up with the solution to modify the DayZ globally and removing the issues that fell foul of Australian standards. This is to avoid splitting the Australian player base. In a statement to Kotaku Australia Bohemia Interactive wrote the following:
We don’t want to separate Australian players from the rest of the world, since many people play cross-region. We love that DayZ is the place to meet with friends and experience the game without dramatic regional lag. We don’t want to change that. At the moment, we are editing the global version of DayZ so it will fit into the Board’s requirements. The key objective is to keep the gameplay as authentic as it was, so players are not affected by this change.
Australia has some of the more stringent classifications rules when it comes to video games with both We Happy Few and Outlast 2 having had issues though both games were released without incident.
Source: Kotaku Australia