Ubisoft and The Australian Classification Board Explain Why Watch Dogs Was Reclassified R18+

Both Ubisoft and the Australian Classification Board have issued statements explaining why Watch Dogs was reclassified in the region as an R18+ game.

The Australian Classification Board tells CVG that the new R18+ rating is due to references to sexual violence. So as to avoid spoiling the game, we will not tell you the exact reason for the change because it is an important part of the storyline. The scene involves "female nudity and implied violence."

Ubisoft told the publication that the new classification was due to new content being added to the game.

"The entire development team has been working hard to polish and fine tune Watch Dogs in order to deliver a truly memorable open world game," the statement reads. "In parallel, the extra time also allowed the team to include a bit of additional content. As per Australian classification guidelines, Ubisoft resubmitted the updated version with the added content to the Australian Classification Board (ACB). The decision to amend the rating of the game from MA15+ to R18+ was made by the ACB."

Watch Dogs was originally classified by the Australian Classification Board in September of 2012 as an MA15+ rated game. Last week, the board reassessed the title with an R18+ rating and more aggressive content warnings.

Watch Dogs will release May 27 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The Wii U version will follow at a date to be determined.

Source: CVG

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