We learned earlier this week that DayZ was refused classification by the Australian Classification Board, effectively banning the game in the country, despite already being classified as a 15+ several years ago. The move effectively banned new releases of the game in the country, which has very strict classification laws for video games.
It seems now that the action has also lead to digital sales of the game being banned in the land down under, effectively banning the game outright.
Speaking to PC Gamer, the developers Bohemia Interactive stated;
We are aware of the Classification Board's intention to pull DayZ from the online sales. The game was just removed from the PlayStation and Xbox stores. The reason behind the rejection to classify the game is the specifics of drug use in the game.
The weird thing is, anyone who's played the game will note that, apart from the use of Morphine for medical purposes, there's no depiction of drug use sin DayZ. It seems though that the game's files contains references to cannabis, and even though these assets are not used in the game, the classification board has decided to take exception.
Bohemia Interactive have, however, promised to continue supporting the game in Australia, and are working to resolve the situation as soon as possible. Likely the offending assets simply need to removed and the game updated, but it remains to be seen how quickly this can be resolved.
Stay tuned to GameFront for more on this as we learn it.