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.
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.