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'Revised' Fallout 3 granted release in Australia

13 August 2008

Bethesda’s Fallout 3 has been granted release in Australian territories following the submission of a revised copy of the game to Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification.  

The post-apocalyptic RPG was previously refused rating in the territory due to the game's depiction of drug use as power-ups; however, an edited version of the title has since been granted an MA15+ rating, allowing it to be sold upon release.

According to an AOFLC report, the drugs displayed in the game have all been issued new names, while actual images of drug taking have been completely removed and replaced by icons.

"The drugs depicted are fictional; drugs are depicted as stylised icons on a menu with the drug use itself not depicted," states the report.

"[The board] found that [the] relationship between drug use and incentives and rewards is not such that it promotes or encourages the use of prescribed drugs. Therefore the game does not warrant to be Refused Classification."

Fallout 3 is scheduled for release on PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360 later this year.


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