CD Projekt RED doesn’t believe it will need to make changes to The Witcher 3 in order to secure an Australian release.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was briefly Refused Classification in Australia due to the brief depiction of a sexual act offered as a reward for a successfully completed quest. Such content fell outside of the MA15+ rating, at that time, the highest rating possible. The scene was reworked, and successfully resubmitted to the Classification Board.
Speaking with games.on.net, Agnieszka Szostak said, “The fact that there’s a higher rating now available in Australia might potentially mean we won’t be forced to do any changes to the game to release it there and that’s a good news of course for both us and Australian gamers, but we’ll know that for sure once the game will be sent for rating.”
Szostak went on to say that the Polish developer doesn’t design its flagship Witcher series with any rating in mind, but focuses instead on features that it believes will create the best experience for players.
“Whether those are meaningful choices, deep relationships between characters, sex scenes, bloody combat or curses. If we think they are needed there to make the game world living, breathing and believable they will be there. Rating of the game is a secondary thing really.”
In January, Australia introduced an R18+ category for games. However, both Saints Row IV and State of Decay have recently been Refused Classification. Both games are understood to be undergoing edits to meet Australian requirements.
Gameplanet’s Matt Burgess recently explored the subject of censorship around the world.