If you were confusingly scouting the PlayStation Store from an Australian PlayStation 3 today and wondering why you couldn't find Telltale's freshly released The Walking Dead adventure game, it's because they haven't had it classified for Australian sale yet.
In reply to a confused post on the Telltale forums (thanks Player Attack), a Telltale spokesmen had the following to say:
Sorry, but due to the OFLC ratings laws in Australia and New Zealand, and the fact that this is a mature game, we do not currently have plans to release the game there on consoles.
The Australian Classification Board currently have no listing of the game having been sent for classification, so it appears as though the developer has seen the 18+ ratings it was saddled with in other countries and decided it would be a waste of resources attempting an Australian rating. Unfortunately for New Zealand -- who actually do have an 18+ classification for video games -- they seem to have been lumped into the same basket.
An Xbox 360 version of the game was also supposed to launch this weekend and will likely meet the same fate, however PC gamers are currently able to obtain the game from Steam (which unlike PSN and XBLA doesn't require local ratings approval for regional sales) just fine.
On a related note, The Walking Dead TV Series recently started airing on Foxtel's new FX channel and has been rated MA15+ by the Australian Classification Board.
Watch the launch trailer for Telltale's The Walking Dead video game below.