When released in Australia on October 11th, if you look young enough, you will be asked for I.D. if purchasing Gears of War 4. The Australians Classification Board deemed Gears of War 4 an adults only rating of 18+ stating high impact bloody violence and online interactivity (let’s face it, online is toxic sometimes). The beta was classified as MA15+ but the Classifications Board believes the final product will be much more violent than the taste gamers got back in April.
The Australian Classifications Board rating of R18+ on video games only came into play on January 1st, 2013 after many campaigns, petitions, and opposition from South Australia’s then-Attorney General Michael Atkinson.
As much as it has helped with allowing games like the full version of Grand Theft Auto V (which would have most likely censored some scenes with sexual content and drugs) to hit our shores, it seems to have also, despite an adults only rating, kept some content out for Australian gamers, such as the anal probe gun from a side mission in Saints Row IV and, well, another anal probing scene from South Park: The Stick of Truth (Australia seems to have a thing against probing…).
Don’t think it’s that violent? Here’s a video showcasing why it’s gained its rating of 18+.
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Gears of War 4 will be released on October the 11th, 2016 for Xbox One and Windows PC.