Perhaps it's just an off-guard comment, but in a BlizzCon interview with Wired
, Blizzard's Jay Wilson has named Australia among the regions that will receive a toned-down version of the hugely anticipated Diablo 3.
Wired.com: You'll obviously have to edit content for regions like Germany and Australia, but what about China? Is that a more difficult case?
Wilson: Definitely for regions like Germany and Australia, we will have to change blood if we’re going to sell there. And that’s fine. Those are the standards for those regions, and we don’t really have a problem with catering to what they need and what they want. But China’s going to be hard for us. Because a lot of the restrictions there are really… we may not be able to do them. It may not be possible.
Anyone who's seen the gameplay trailers
will know the gore they're talking about, but is it really much worse than Diablo 2 (Which was untouched for Aussie consumption)? Australia's censors aren't generally phased by a bit of animated gore, it's usually torture aspects or the inclusion of sex and drugs that pushes games over the MA15+ limit into Refused Classification status here - unlike in Germany where the mere sight of blood means nein.
We've contacted Blizzard Entertainment's Australian contingent for further clarification. Let's hope it was just an on-the-spot slip up that lumped us in the same boat as Germany on this one.
Update: Blizzard have let us know that it is indeed a slip up - "Jay was just lead by the question". Diablo 3 shouldn't need any special treatment for the Aussie Classification Board.