Telltale's The Walking Dead coming to Australia
Adventure game The Walking Dead receives an MA15+ rating in Australia; can now be officially sold in the country. [UPDATE: Telltale responds.]
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It looks like Telltale Games' episodic adventure series The Walking Dead is headed to Australian shores. The Australian Classification Board's website revealed that the game series has received a MA15+ rating, with consumer advice noting "strong themes and horror violence".
The news will appease Australian fans of the adventure game series. Telltale revealed early last year that it had no plans to release the multi-platform title in Australia and New Zealand due to strict rating laws. Australia officially introduced an adult classification for video games as of January 1 this year, allowing R18+ rated games to be sold at a national level.
Prior to its classification, the game series was obtainable on PC and Mac via digital games retailer Steam, or purchased online through Telltale's own site. With the new MA15+ rating granted, it will be officially available for Australian gamers.
GameSpot reached out to Telltale for comment last year on the possibility of an Australian release following the introduction of an adult rating for games. The studio's reply is below.
Telltale's The Walking Dead is a single-player episodic game that is based on Robert Kirkman's comic book series. It stars Lee Everett, a man convicted of a crime, but given a chance to redeem himself, albeit in a world infested with the undead.
UPDATE: Telltale today confirmed it is planning to release The Walking Dead in Australia, telling GameSpot:
"Telltale can confirm today that the award-winning game series The Walking Dead was submitted to the Australian Classification Board and has received a rating of MA15+. The game will be available for purchase digitally on consoles via Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network very soon. We will confirm expected release dates shortly. Retail release dates for The Walking Dead on XBOX 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in Australia will also be announced in the coming weeks."