first published on August 12, 2019 by Funker
Although the game DayZ was digitally released in 2018, the release of the physical edition, which was scheduled for this year, has been banned, likely due to marijuana use that will be in the new update.
Australia’s Classification Board refused to classify the title because the content may “depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”
Therefore DayZ has been labeled RC (Refused Classification) and therefore cannot be sold in country. The board may also be considering blocking digital purchase of the game on Steam.
According to a report on Tech Radar, the illicit content isn’t even in the game yet, but is slated to be applied in an upcoming update.
The banned content is thought to be cannabis joints that can be found or looted and added to the character’s inventory. The character then uses the item to restore health.
Although illicit or proscribed drug use in video games isn’t all out banned in Australia, the way in which DayZ presents it as an incentive or reward is apparently over the line.
Whether Bohemia Interactive will remove cannabis use from the game or not before the new release is still shrouded in a haze.