Diablo III Rated MA15+ in Australia


Fmulder points us to a post on Gamepron, where they reveal that Diablo III has been officially rated MA-15 in Australia, as of September 1, 2011. This is the most restrictive rating, since the R-18 category doesn’t officially exist yet.

This rating is informative, and it’s the first such rating we’ve seen from any area for Diablo III, and the rating is apparently for the full game, not a censored or edited version. A fact the Australians in the comments seem surprised by, as notoriously strict at the Oz ratings system is. You can check the useful chart on Wikipedia to see how Australia’s rating might translate to your homeland.


There’s no word yet on whether or not Diablo III will undergo the same sort of localization process that other major Aussie software releases have required.

[Slightly edited thanks to corrections from the comments.]

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  1. They didn’t make any changes, the game is uncut. That’s why it says “Original” next to Version. If it were censored or altered it’d say “Modified”.

  2. It’s worth pointing out that MA15+ is currently our highest rating for games in Australia. Currently R rating on a game = refused classification aka banned. MA15+ is pretty much standard for any game here that involves killing lots of stuff.
    But this system is finally undergoing reform and R18+ for games should be on the way.

    • Booh yeah and aren’t we pleased about that, bloody conservative south australian attorney-generals be damned. Our day is coming.

    • Where did I see that they said that any game with a MA15 rating would be upgraded to R18, and games they still think should be banned WILL be banned. The R18 doesn’t mean all games will still be released, it’s just a new classification while MA15 is downgraded.
      Although this is a moot point considering retailers are going down the shithole and most of us savvy gamers buy online where the classification is useless.

  3. Being from Australia I can confirm that the Australian Governement is completely retarded when it comes to Video Gaming in general, for example, just recently Mortal Kombat ( the latest one) was banned completely from being released in Australia, I mean like come on……, Further back I remember Left 4 Dead 2 had to have a retarded version with all the blood taken out, that’s only 2 I’m aware of personally, I tend not to follow Australia’s ESRB on games, or just the australian government in general
    After seeing the difference in Left 4 Dead 2 (gore version) vs non Gore version ( like abit of blood splatter, BIG DEAL!)  And after watching a few of the trailer’s for Diablo 3 that we have seen ( one in particular is a Barbarian whirlwinding ) I saw alot of blood, at first it actually did worry me that Australia may get a different version, or even possibly not get Diablo released in Australia at all  ( just how dumb the government is)
    The game shouldn’t even be 15+ only, but I guess I’m just happy we’re getting an unaltered version of the game….

  4. Australia doesn’t have an R18+ rating for video games yet, only for other forms of entertainment (movies, etc) – 60 seconds & Google will tell you the ridiculous issues we’ve had trying to get an R18+ rating added to our system.
    Our highest rating for video games is MA15+, which pretty much everything with even the slightest amount of violence falls into.
    This getting a MA15+ rating is nothing exciting & completely expected, and is especially not front page news worthy.  Now if it was Refused Classification, that would be news worthy.

  5. Australia doesn’t have “strict” ratings so much as retarded ones.
     
    Porn magazines have been banned because the models LOOKED under 18, despite the fact the companies could prove they were of age. Small tits: Australia says no.
     
    The problem is that all ratings are decided by a very small group of people… and appeals are directed at that same very small group of people. And the law is very, very open to interpretation, so they can ban pretty much whatever they want.

  6. This is great news! As an Aussie I was expecting a modified version so am very pleased to see we are going to get the full game!

  7. I really hope Australia will modify its retarded laws, this 18+ category and no stupid bans/censorship would be a good step in the right direction.

    I wanted to drop by for a project there but I cannot imagine not having access to normal games (do they search your HDD for non-censored games at the airport?). A round of L4D2 is exactly what people need after a hard days work.

    • It’s not illegal to own unrated games, you just can’t sell them.
       
      There are some things which are outright banned (child porn, etc.), but for the most part it’s just difficult to get your hands, not illegal.

  8. *Pats the head of all the fifteen year olds* How sad, having to have a guardian watch you play.

  9. I want my pentagrams and crosses back -_- NOW!

  10. ROFL… Why aren’t I surprised. We are so fucken backward with our gaming censorship it’s bullshit.

    That being said, AWESOME! They haven’t cut anything out of it!

  11. i dont mind whatever classification it gets, as long as we get unaltered version of it………. aussie aussie aussie!

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  13. It’s worth pointing out that MA15+ is currently our highest rating for games in Australia. Currently R rating on a game = refused classification aka banned. MA15+ is pretty much standard for any game here that involves killing lots of stuff.But this system is finally undergoing reform and R18+ for games should be on the way.
     
     
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