Valve have said that it has been exploring the legal options surrounding the re-submission of Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia under the new R18+ adult classification. They have responded to users on the Steam forums surrounding the release of an unedited version of Left 4 Dead 2 in Australia, following the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games. Valve's Chet Faliszek's official comment was:
No need to flood us with emails. We have been exploring the options here and what we can legally do. We will have more information on this when we understand the issues fully and how we are moving forward but don't worry any cost associated with it doesn't worry us, this is something we want to do.
Left 4 Dead 2 was originally banned by the Australian Classification Board in September 2009 for "realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence". Valve responded by re-submitting two versions of the game to the Board: the original, unaltered version and one with some modifications.
The news follows Warner Bros. submission for Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition in Australia, following the original edition's ban upon release in 2011. Under the new guidelines - and with the new classification - it's possible that previously banned titles will be acceptable.