The Classification Board appears to have reclassified Left 4 Dead 2 to MA15+, the highest rating level in Australia.

The good news is that L4D2 is now cleared to be distributed in Australia. The sad news is that adult Australian gamers are still restricted from playing games that we deem suitable for people aged 16 and up.

edit: it appears that Valve modified the game and re-submitted it to the Classification Board to obtain this approval.

edit 2: GameSpot AU reports that the game has been substantially modified to allow classification in Australia:

While EA and Valve have been quiet about exactly what content had been changed in the "modified version" of Left 4 Dead 2, Australia's Classification Board hasn't been as silent. The Board has provided GameSpot AU with a copy of today's Left 4 Dead 2 ruling, which states that the modified version of the game recently resubmitted "no longer contains depictions of decapitations, dismemberment, wound detail, or piles of bodies lying about the environment".
"It is the Board's view that the element of violence in the game has been sufficiently modified and is now able to be accommodated within the MA15+ classification," the report stated.

edit 3: now that L4D2 is on sale, it is clear that the Australian version is clearly a very disappointing cut of the uncensored version.


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  2. I'm speculating here, as I don't fully understand how the OFLC's process works – But if you look at the original classification posting and the new reclassified posting, they both have the same file number.

    I would presume that if Valve were to submit a censored game, that would be a new filing, whereas if they were to appeal the original, it would keep the new filing.

    As I said, I'm guessing – So if someone can prove me wrong or right that'd be fantastic.

    Original Refusal; Note that the File Number is T09/4697

    New Reclassification; Note that the File Number is -still- T09/4697

    Comment by Andrew Q on 8 October 2009 at 21:00
  3. Although, having now looked at the information for Fallout 3, this logic seems irrelevant as both the RC and Censored resubmit of Fallout 3 had the same file number. :(

    Comment by Andrew Q on 8 October 2009 at 21:42
  4. Boo @ censorship. We'll all just get the real version via import anyway, surely they must realise this?

    Comment by cybergrunt on 12 October 2009 at 22:05
  5. i completely agree with your last statement
    "Boo @ censorship. We’ll all just get the real version via import anyway, surely they must realise this?"
    it was my first thought when i heard it was banned... Ebay and other websites will sell it so really this "banning" poses no threat to my gaming experience

    Comment by Tom on 2 November 2009 at 21:30
  6. im 49 not a violence freek or sicko i have 3 teenage kids, i see more violence in movies on foxtel than these games. its not porn or child abuse or racial, its just a a game. get a life you cencores and stop blaming fantasy for things that happen in reality

    Comment by gary on 3 November 2009 at 10:32
  7. What a load of shit the game is called left 4 dead for a reason just because one fuckwit in australia thinks we live in a society of disney caracters doesnt mean the rest of us should suffer. I mean what the hell is wrong with a bit of violence in a game that most people wont see anyway and yet we see the same shit on the news every night at 6pm i know my kids arnet in bed then. Mr Atkinson you need to wake up to yourself and give gamers what they deserve an R18+ rating we are not asking much

    Comment by Brad Tribe on 20 November 2009 at 02:50
  8. Funny how some games get censored and others dont, when the same content is found in both. Just goes to show that Mr [profanity removed] Atkinson's classification system dosnt work, and the review board panelists are a professional joke., importing copy asap, FTW!

    Comment by Bardman007 on 24 November 2009 at 09:46
  9. wow F.E.A.R 2 was a pretty gorey game... surprised that didn't get censored? and now L4D2? thats just fucked up why are Australians so stupid!

    Comment by Russell on 26 November 2009 at 05:04
  10. They don't look at most games, they just rubber stamp what the distributor suggests. UNLESS, some busybody gets a bee in their bonnet and they look further. This is why many games get through without banning. If you really want to ruin someone's day, just make a complaint to the OFLC when their favorite new game is about come out.

    Comment by Scott on 11 December 2009 at 01:30
  11. Ive just found out there will be no

    Comment by Matt on 20 December 2009 at 02:07
  12. The disadvantaged group here is the australian businesses, as they will not sell censored copies of l4d2 when people can simply get a uncensored copy from ebay for the same price.

    Comment by Scuba Steve on 21 December 2009 at 18:04
  13. Hey a note to all Aussie Gamers. Have a friend in the U.S. Gift you the game. I did it for a few friends and it still works fine,

    Comment by Karma on 23 December 2009 at 08:23
  14. Adding to what I just wrote. You will need steam in order to gift a game

    Comment by Karma on 23 December 2009 at 08:24
  15. STUPID [...] board of classification, people want to play games like one cares if there is gore an a game....matter of fact people love it....VALVE should appeal again and win....because me and many more people want to play the proper version of left 4 dead 2 ...instead of this shity australian version

    Comment by player on 3 January 2010 at 10:17
  16. This totally didn't set well with my friends and I, I mean, yeah we play the US edition but jeez how absolutely moronic for them to have done that to the Australian version, if you check out the censorship of this game on Youtube you'll see some of the lamest touch ups made by a moronic board of people that apparently thing zombies and heaven forbid- BLOOD would be too much for people.

    Comment by 47ld520 on 6 March 2011 at 19:00
  17. I can't believe theres no R18+ rating in this damn country, because I'm 18 next year so fucking what? Anyways, I got a mate in Sweden to gift it to me through Steam, and it sure gives you the uncensored. Dear Mr. Atkinson, you've drawn quite an angry mob here, now give us the R18+ and the right to enjoy before we go into your office and hold you hostage.. You Putrid old mutt.

    Comment by BlackCobra on 7 July 2011 at 23:47