The news that a Mexican judge has approved the use of cocaine as a recreational drug this week probably had the Australian classification board doing handstands, they are famously anti drugs and even the slightest mention of them can get a game banned in the country. That’s what happened to DayZ which was refused classification for a physical release and removed from sale digital due to “illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards.”
“Through general gameplay, the player is able to collect and use a variety of equipment, supplies and weaponry,” read the board’s statement. “One of the options to restore the player’s health is a marijuana joint, labelled ‘cannabis’, which is denoted by a cannabis bud in the player’s inventory. If the use of cannabis within the context of this game did not act as an incentive or reward, its impact could therefore be accommodated within the R18+ classification.”
“The Australian player base is a big and very important part of our community. At the moment we are looking for the best solution to keep the game on the Australian market and pass the classification according to all regulations,” responded Bohemia Interactive, and they have now found a solution: Remove the cannabis from all versions of the game, not just the Australian release.
The Australian Classification Board has now rated the game MA15+, allowing it to be released in the territory, and Bohemia will be pushing forward with a physical release.
Recently it was announced that some of the PlayStation 4 DayZ servers would be shut down due to the popularity of private servers.
Since we released the private servers, we witnessed a huge amount of players shifting from the public servers to the private ones (we are talking about several thousands of pre-ordered private servers alone).
This shift obviously reflects on the experience on the public servers, with servers being more empty in general. To compensate for this, in one week from now, we will shut down 140 public PS4 servers, to concentrate the player-base more on the remaining servers. We understand this change will cause problems for many players out there while moving their bases over to other servers (as you can switch between all public servers and you will be able to keep your character). We apologize for the inconvenience.
That said, we assure you, that we will always provide sufficient server capacities for all of our players.