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 and 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.
ORIGINAL STORY: Telltale’s critically-acclaimed adventure title The Walking Dead has been classified MA15+ by the Australian Classification Board. The multi-platform rating paves the way for a console release should Telltale choose to proceed with one.
The game has been available via Steam and iOS in Australia for some time thanks to classification loopholes, but console owners missed out since the game required a rating to be distributed on PSN and Xbox Live.
In April last year a Telltale representative confirmed that the developer had no plans to release the game on console in the region, blaming the lack of an adults-only rating in Australia for the decision.
“Sorry, but due to the OFLC ratings laws in Australia and New Zealand, and the fact that this is a mature game, we do not currently have plans to release the game there on consoles,” wrote the Telltale representative on the game’s forums.
It appears Telltale has waited until the R18+ category for video games came into effect on January 1, 2013. The wait for all involved, however, may have been unnecessary considering the game was still rated MA15+.
The Walking Dead scored several gongs at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards, including Game of the Year.