‘Fable: Anniversary’ Receives R18+ Rating in Australia
It has been revealed that Fable: Anniversary, which is the HD remastered version of Fable for Xbox 360 has been rated R18+ by the Australian Classification Board.
The original Fable release on the the original Xbox was rated M in Australia, which means the game was intended for children above the age of 15 years. The new classification means that you must now be 18 years of age or older to purchase Fable: Anniversary.
So why the sudden jump in classifications, for what is essentially the same game, only remastered? Well the reason given is due to the “Sexual activity related to incentives and rewards”.
Those wondering if the updated visuals portrayed combat in a more violent manner would be reason for the upgraded classification, would be wrong. It in-fact is due to the ability to receive a child for having intercourse with other characters.
Though the classification guidelines are slightly different since Fable was originally released, it seems quite strange that the classification would jump so high due to the ability to have kids; which is something most forms of medium have covered before.
This of course doesn’t affect the release of Fable: Anniversary in Australia, but it is worth noting those under 18 years of age will now be unable to purchase the game in February 2014.