The new version of SEGA's lightgun zombie shooter House Of The Dead: Overkill has been refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it from sale.
"A game banned in Australia? Is it lunch time already?" is probably what you're thinking. But the banning of the upcoming Extended Cut highlights a few confusing aspects of the Classification Board decision. The game would have presumably fallen under the new R18+ rating, which is set to be applied later this year. The original Wii version of the game was released unedited in Australia in 2009 but this new version has been banned today due to "high impact violence."
As the board report states:
Considering the reasons for the banning, it's strange that Deep Silver's upcoming Dead Island (zombie violence) and EA's Dead Space 2 (necromorph babies) were both classified at an MA15+ rating with no edits. Similar levels of violence are apparent in House Of The Dead, and yet it was banned.
SEGA has already stated it will appeal the ruling and hope to have the game released unedited. It was originally set for release in October.
House Of The Dead: Overkill Extended Cut banned down under [Gamespot Australia]