Bohemia Interactive will be changing everyone’s copy of DayZ to comply with Australian regulations.
DayZ found itself in hot water this week. While trying to approve a physical version for release in Australia, Bohemia quickly found both the physical and existing digital version of the zombie sandbox to be banned. Not quite what the developer was expecting, really.
Why now? It seems the Australian Classification Board missed a trick when it rated the digital edition back in the day. While Bohemia hasn’t confirmed what changes need to be made, the Board has. Murder all the zombies and survivors you like, just don’t smoke a spliff while you’re doing so (via Kotaku Australia).
Yep. Turns out, DayZ let you patch up wounds by picking a gnarly-looking joint off the ground and getting lit.
Or at least, Bohemia wanted you to. It turns out the addition doesn’t even really work in-game right now. DayZ’s been kicked out of Australia for a feature that doesn’t work. Buying from the shifty lad down the stairs again, have we?
Also how fucking classic DayZ is it that they've implemented weed that nobody was asking for before actually finishing the rest of the game
— Joab Gilroy (@Joabyjojo) August 9, 2019
Rather than create a bespoke edition for down-under DayZ fans, Bohemia will instead update everyone’s copy to remove the offending items. It’s probably the most sensible option.
Hastily put-together Aussie builds of games that remove blood, violence and other obscenities can be notoriously janky.
“We don’t want to separate Australian players from the rest of the world, since many people play cross-region,” Bohemia told Kotaku earlier today. “We love that DayZ is the place to meet with friends and experience the game without dramatic regional lag.”
Maybe stick to the CBD alternatives next time, Bohemia.
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