Syndicate banned in Australia, EA won't fight ruling
Posted: 24.12.2011 06:46 by Comments: 8
The Australian Classification Board has refused to certify Syndicate, meaning it is effectively banned from Australia, due to the excessive violence in the game. Electronic Arts will not dispute the ruling, and will release the game as scheduled on the 24th February everywhere else in the world.

EA Australia released a statement regarding the ruling. The statement read, "It's regrettable that government policy in Australia is denying adults the right to play Syndicate. The game will be not be available in Australia, despite its enthusiastic response from fans. We were encouraged by the government's recent agreement to adopt an 18+ age rating for games. However, delays continue to force an arcane censorship on games--cuts that would never be imposed on books or movies. We urge policy makers to take swift action to implement an updated policy that reflects today's market and gives its millions of adult consumers the right to make their own content choices."

The violence that the Board found objectionable included such acts as enemies being "explicitly dismembered, decapitated, or bisected" by gunfire, as well as the graphic exposure of flesh and bone, along with "arterial sprays of blood (that) continue to spurt from wounds at regular intervals."

Syndicate is a first person shooter reboot of the classic 1993 game based in a dystopic future where corporate warfare has become quite literal. The game will be released next year for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Source: GameSpot


By djole381 (SI Elite) on Dec 24, 2011
I guess this is one of those rare cases where piracy might be acceptable.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Dec 24, 2011
This is a good sign for the rest of us :).

It's almost like when the Vatican puts a ban on some book and that makes the book even more desirable :)
By neilmike (SI Core) on Dec 24, 2011
By Kres (SI Elite) on Dec 24, 2011
They've changed the original game concept so who cares!
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Dec 25, 2011
Everyone who's played it in preview have said it's amazing.
By Kres (SI Elite) on Dec 25, 2011
Really?? Ok I'll shut up. Well I hope it's good. Loved the original.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 25, 2011
The latest issue of "PC Powerplay" has it plastered over the front cover, and retail stores have already sold many pre-orders. What a mess.
Way to go OFLC, as this:
1/ promotes imports (thus curtailing retail profit)
2/ promotes piracy

EA should have contested this with the OFLC, as others (aside from Valve, who caved over "L4D2") objected and the games were subsequently classified (un-banned). The again WB did not contest "Mortal Kombat" either, leading to mass imports.