Valve has finally gotten around to resubmitting the uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2 under Australia’s new R18+ rating.
You may recall that back in the dark ages (ie: a few years ago), Australia lacked an R18+ rating for video games, leading to some particularly violent games being heavily censored, or banned outright. Valve’s zombie slaughter simulator Left 4 Dead 2 was one of the games to go under the censorship knife, and even though we did eventually get the rating some time after its release, the censored version of the game remained the only one (legally) available to Australians.
Now, it looks like Valve has finally gotten around to resubmitting the game to Australia’s classification board. I’m happy to report that the board has approved the game under the R18+ rating, meaning that Left 4 Dead 2 will soon be available to Australians in its full, uncensored glory.
Whether this means that Valve will re-publish the game through Electronic Arts, its distributor in the region, is yet to be known. For PC gamers, you can safely assume that the developer will probably just update the Steam version of the game to bring it in line with the rest of the world.
Ever since Australia got its R18+ rating, some games that would otherwise have been refused are able to get in, however, despite the rating, other games are still inexplicably censored. Baby steps, people.