GamerChip is reporting that the Australian government’s ban on Fallout 3 has been lifted following edits to the game for the Australian market.
The site bases their story on information from a pair of game retailers:
…according to EB Games 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 Games and GAME are currently taking pre-orders for the title. One representative from GAME, contacted this Thursday night… said that he had read on their internal communications only an hour before that Fallout 3 would be released this year.
We note, however, that Australia’s official censorship body, the Office of Film and Literature Classification, continues to list Fallout 3 as "refused classification" (i.e., banned).
Readers may recall that Australian gamers received a watered-down version of Grand Theft Auto IV after the game’s hooker animations were removed to satisfy the OFLC.