Modified Australian release this year, say retailers

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Per, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    GamerChip reports that a trimmed version of Fallout 3 will be available in Australia as expected:<blockquote>Fallout is an apt name for the upcoming game. The Australian media has been whipped into the closest thing to a frenzy we have here for the gaming industry over the ban on the upcoming Bethesda title Fallout 3. But according to EB and Game representatives, Australia will be receiving the game, albeit in a modified format. The new, friendlier version, will have the drug use removed that saw the game banned in the first place. Both EB and Game are currently taking pre-orders for the title. One representative from Game, contacted this Thursday night, (after hammering home the "do you want to pre-order?" spiel) said that he had read on their internal communications only an hour before that Fallout 3 would be released this year.

    It looks as though both stores are holding fast. Let's hope that this is a reality rather than their misplaced optimism.</blockquote>Update: Kotaku Australia pretty much declares this non-news:<blockquote>The piece mentions that the game is due out later this year, with all drug references removed. Apparently this info came from "EB and Game representatives". That's great, EB Games and GAME can say whatever they want, but until I hear word from the OFLC, Red Ant or Bethesda, Fallout 3 is still refused classification.

    There's also mention that the two retailers are taking preorders, yet, as far as I can tell, the title remains in exile from EB's Oz site. Even if they are, why wouldn't they? That's what retailers do - they take your money. If they have to refund it later, they'll cross that bridge when the come to it.

    Saying the game is "confirmed" is wishy-washy anyway. It's unlikely Bethesda won't create an edited version of Fallout 3 for our market, and perhaps others like Germany. It's not a matter of if, but when, and the degree of content that's altered.</blockquote>Spotted on the BGSF.
  2. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    I'm wondering though, why are we only hearing about this from second- and third-hand sources? Why no word from Bethesda on the whole thing? Press release, comment, assurance, something? Is it just not how it's done? Or did I miss it?
  3. necro

    necro First time out of the vault

    Jan 14, 2007
    Australia is a beautiful place, but Fallout3 became the main reason why I don`t want to live there ;-]
  4. Lexx

    Lexx Background Radiant
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    What? They removed the drugs? Doesn't this destroy the game balance?
  5. PaladinHeart

    PaladinHeart Mildly Dipped

    Jan 20, 2004
    They will probably rename the drugs to something more fantasy-ish, like Healing Drops. *shrugs*
  6. deanimate

    deanimate First time out of the vault

    Jan 10, 2006
    cut down version indeed. roll on the imports for the aussies :)
  7. Neverwinter27

    Neverwinter27 First time out of the vault

    Jul 12, 2008
    What about the excessive gore and dismemberment? Oh, thats right, no one gives a shit about that. Fantasy drugs are more severe than obscene violence.
  8. Makagulfazel

    Makagulfazel Adept Bungler of Things Orderite

    Jun 14, 2007
    Dude. We have to teach the children to be above the influence when they're committing armed robbery*. You don't want them screwing up or something.

    * Guns don't kill people. Video games kill people.
  9. Dracon M'Alkir

    Dracon M'Alkir Vault Senior Citizen

    Jul 19, 2004
    ** People kill people. ;)
  10. Silencer

    Silencer Night Watchman Staff Member Admin

    Nov 7, 2003
    I hear that OSS used to have a training facility in Bethesda, maybe it is haunted, or something?

    Or maybe it ISN'T the way it is done over there?
  11. RobOverall

    RobOverall First time out of the vault

    Mar 19, 2008
    Preordered import PC Game.

    OFLC Wankers.
  12. aries369

    aries369 Still Mildly Glowing

    Feb 2, 2007
    I think it was that the 'morphine' used in the game actually has the name 'morphine' written on it than the other drugs in the game, i.e. jet, mentats or stimpacks.

    If all use of drugs are removed in FO3 Australian version, then it destroys the game balance because then the characters can't use anything to heal them anymore..

    Luckily, D&D have healing potions...maybe the OFLC need to take a look what's in these healing potions...??
  13. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    I think it's safe to assume that they'll only change the names of the (real-life) chems and perhaps the small pics of them that one gets to see in the PipBoy3000.

    Since I'm not buying the game, and since I'm not living in Australia, I don't give a rat's arse anyway.

    BTW: isn't Australia a penal colony? Maybe the OFLC is simply afraid that all the criminals over there will undergo bad influences when to shoot up some virtual morphine and stuff? You can't be too careful with Australians. They're all bad, bad criminals we Europeans didn't want in our backyard any longer, you know?