Until a few minutes ago, only Australian gamers assumed that they’d be getting an edited version of the hotly-anticipated Fallout 3. However, Edge Online has learned that everyone will be getting what we might call "the Australian cut."
GamePolitics readers will recall that specific references to morphine as an in-game power-up initially caused Australia to nix Fallout 3. After changes were made, the game was authorized for sale Down Under with an MA15+ rating, Australia’s most restrictive.
The EO report quotes Bethesda’s PR exec Pete Hines:
We want to make sure folks understand that the Australian version of Fallout 3 is identical to both the UK and North American versions in every way, on every platform.
An issue was raised concerning references to real world, proscribed drugs in the game, and we subsequently removed those references and replaced them with fictional names. To avoid confusion among people in different territories, we decided to make those substitutions in all versions of the game, in all territories.
I didn’t want people continuing to assume the version in Australia was some altered version when it’s not. There are no references to real world drugs in any version of Fallout 3.
Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh? Fallout 3 ships next week.
GP: Thanks to Just Chris for the heads-up!