God Of War III Devs Worried About Possible Ban In Australia
After that stellar gameplay presentation at E3, we learned two things about God of War III: 1. it's gonna kick your teeth in with its gritty greatness, and 2. the extreme level of violence and controversial material is obvious.
This won't be a problem for the North American game market, but Australia has always been more strict about video game content, and this has SCEA worried. According to GamePolitics citing Digital Life, we are reminded that Australia doesn't have a R18+ rating for games; the highest rating available is MA15+. If the game is deemed unsuitable for anyone under the age of 15, it won't get rated and subsequently, won't be released to store shelves. GoWIII art director Sean Cunningham talks about the subject:
"There is (concern). We try to push the boundaries a little bit. (But) we’ve had meetings and discussions and internally we all have a good gauge on what’s 'too far'. You throw something past [content rating boards] and they might say 'Absolutely not! You could not do that!' and we’re all like: 'Aww, c’mon, that was a great idea!' There have been a couple of those...
Also visually, everyone’s really excited. The disembowelment of the centaur, ripping Helios’s head off, the reaction from the floor has been amazing. Everybody in the studio is very happy..."
Yeah, well, we're happy too but that doesn't mean it'll fly with the Aussie rating board. However, we're fairly certain that if the worst does happen, SCEA will simply edit the game and offer that version to gamers Down Under. It kinda sucks, but we'd find it surprising if they simply agreed to not release God of War III in Australia. It's just too big of a region to ignore.
Related Game(s): God of War III
7/10/2009 Ben Dutka