The first game to receive Australia’s new R18+ classification is Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for Wii U.
New legislation was introduced on January 1st, 2013, adding a mature rating classification for titles in the country.
“The classification guidelines for video games are now more closely aligned with the guidelines for film and TV which makes it easier for parents to make informed decisions about the interactive content they choose to buy and play,” said Interactive Games & Entertainment Association chief executive officer Ron Curry.
The trade association has been lobbying for an 18+ classification for games more than ten years. With the new category, video games in Australia can be classified as G, PG, M, MA15+ or R18+.
“It’s important for people to keep close attention to these ratings before buying a game, but we also encourage parents to do their own research and read reviews about the game before they make a purchase. This also serves as a timely reminder for parents to update control settings on game consoles to ensure children are only accessing age-appropriate content,” Curry added.
“It’s great to finally see Australian adults have access to video games designed specifically for mature audiences, after more than ten years working with government, families, businesses and the broader community to introduce an R18+ category.”
Legislation for the MA15+ and R18+ ratings were approved in September 2012.
Australian consumers have long been denied mature games because of a lack of 18+ rating in the country. Games such as Manhunt, Reservoir Dogs and The Witcher 2 have all been banned.