Australian Classification Board Slaps R18+ Rating on Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs has received one of the most restricted rating from the Australian Classification Board, allowing only adults the ability to buy Ubisoft’s upcoming open-world hacking title.

The classification appeared on March 11 on the board’s website, which reviews media content and makes judgments about restricting its sale to children. Watch Dogs was given an R18+ rating, which restricts sales of the game to people over the age of 18. According to the board’s website, R+18 games are “high in impact,” and “may contain classifiable elements such as sex scenes and drug use that are high in impact.”

“Some material classified R18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community,” the description goes on. “A person may be asked for proof of their age before purchasing, hiring or viewing R18+ films and computer games at a retail store or cinema.” The only other rating that restricts material to adults is the X18+ rating, which is a special classification “material which shows actual sexual intercourse and other sexual activity between consenting adults.”

In the case of Watch Dogs, which is set to launch on May 27, the classification warns users of “References to sexual violence and sex scenes.”

What’s interesting is that Watch Dogs previously received a M15+ rating on Sept. 13, 2013, from the Australian Classification Board, which is a classification that restricts sales to people 15 years old or older. That rating was issued before Watch Dogs was delayed into 2014. Images created by the board that explain the rating show Watch Dogs has been rated more harshly in three of five categories since it was delayed.

Meanwhile, according to a report from GameSpot, the Watch Dogs rating for the U.S.-based Electronic Software Ratings Board — also issued last year before the delay — has disappeared. The report says an ESRB representative told GameSpot the organization was looking into the issue.

We’ve reached out to Ubisoft to find out what, if any, content has been changed in Watch Dogs since it was rated last year.

Via Gamespot.

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4 Comments on Australian Classification Board Slaps R18+ Rating on Watch Dogs


On March 12, 2014 at 4:54 pm

The people on that board are mental retarded freaks who never watch x rated films or even the nightly news..


On March 12, 2014 at 11:48 pm

I’d have been more surprised if they didn’t give it this rating. This is the same ratings board that wanted to keep out Saints Row 4 based on one particular scene. And while I know ratings boards use footage supplied to them to make these age ratings which can make it susceptible to some tweaking by the game companies, I have my doubts that enough changed over the last few months to warrant a full bump in the rating. Most companies play this part of the system pretty straight since the full content would be public knowledge eventually anyway.


On March 13, 2014 at 4:38 am

Dear Australia,
please grow up.

Yours sincerely,
the world.


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