The BAN hammer of Australian Classification Board strikes again, and this time it strike on EA’s futuristic reboot, Syndicate. The publisher submitted the game under its real name, but it has been officially refused classification.
This means Syndicate is effectively banned from sale, distribution or display in Australia. Electronic Arts has not yet commented on this.
We have contacted EA to find out what part of Syndicate was so distressing that Australian Classification Board put a big RED mark on it.
On all this, Electronic Art just said:
“It’s regrettable that government policy in Australia is denying adults the right to play Syndicate. The game will be not be available in Australia despite its enthusiastic response from fans. We were encouraged by the government’s recent agreement to adopt an 18+ age rating for games. However, delays continue to force an arcane censorship on games – cuts that would never be imposed on books or movies. We urge policy makers to take swift action to implement an updated policy that reflects today’s market and gives its millions of adult consumers the right to make their own content choices.”