It was hardly a joint decision, but following the Australian Classification Board’s ruling that DayZ would be banned from sale for its depiction of drugs, Bohemia Interactive has announced it will edit the game to bring it in line with Australian rules. For all versions worldwide.
Last week, news broke that the ACB had rejected the physical release of DayZ thanks to “illicit or prescribed drug use related to incentives”, specifically, the use of cannabis as a reward – even though the drug was not yet implemented in the game. Despite DayZ having been available in digital form for five years, the ACB indicated it would also work to get the game pulled from digital storefronts.
Faced with a complete ban across Australia, the simplest thing for Bohemia Interactive to do was change the game, and the studio has now confirmed to Kotaku Australia this is the plan.