GTA 5 Receives R18+ Classification in Australia
The Australian Classification board, which is notorious for refusing to award classification to games that even give the impression of having mature content, has awarded its highest rating to Rockstar’s upcoming action game, Grand Theft Auto 5.
The classification notes the game’s “High Impact” drug use, while also noting “Strong Impact” for themes, violence, language, nudity, and sex.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is slated for release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17 this year.
The GTA series has been refused classification in the past for having mature content, notably when the country did not have an R18+ rating. The rating was only added earlier this year, on January 1, but did not significantly slacken its content guidelines; the category was intended to divide adult material suitable for minors, not necessarily allow more extreme content.
It’s interesting to note that while GTA 5 was awarded classification, its primary rival Saints Row 4 was twice denied classification.
Other games that have been rated R18+ include the recently classified State of Decay and Ninja Gaiden 3.