Everyone's DayZ Is Being Edited Because Of Australia

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Last week, zombie shooter DayZ—which has been out in various forms for six yearshad first its physical release banned in Australia, and then its digital version as well. In order to get the game cleared, Bohemia Interactive are changing every version across the planet just to comply with Australia’s classification guidelines.

Since it’s impractical to create a new version just for Australians, and because Bohemia Interactive would like to sell the game in the region despite the classification board’s decision, then the same edit—the precise nature of which hasn’t been made public yet, but which it’s assumed revolves around drug use—is going to be made for everyone, from North America to Europe and beyond.

“We don’t want to separate Australian players from the rest of the world, since many people play cross-region,” the studio told Kotaku Australia in a statement. “We love that DayZ is the place to meet with friends and experience the game without dramatic regional lag. We don’t want to change that.”


“At the moment, we are editing the global version of DayZ so it will fit into the Board’s requirements. The key objective is to keep the gameplay as authentic as it was, so players are not affected by this change.”

It’s an extreme move, but not an unprecedented one; Fallout 3 was refused classification for similar reasons, and to get around the board’s decision Bethesda simply removed the word “morphine” from every version of the game and it was cleared.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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Oh boy here comes the snarky comments, Just remember that Australia is the reason Steam now has a refund policy, you’re welcome. :p

We didn’t ask the developers for this, In fact once a game is banned, its laughably easy to buy a copy from Europe.

I am just thinking what benefits smoking weed has which the classification board got shitty about, GTA V has the bong smoking mechanic which isn’t tied to a reward so it got through without any cuts. In the real world weed slows down reaction times and makes you hungry which in a survival game would be a huge disadvantage.

Disclaimer: I have never played DayZ and do not know if it has a hunger mechanic.