Sleeping Dogs is still one of the best GTA-style open-world games available on consoles and PC, so it’s understandable that the gaming community reacted slightly to the fact that the game received a new R18+ rating on Australian classification site.
This appears to be an update to the existing Sleeping Dogs rankings. The game’s PlayStation Store page lists an initial MA15+ rating for strong language, sexual references, and violence. The game is now rated R18+ for profuse violence. The submission appears to have come from IARC, the International Age Ratings Coalition that specializes in mobile games and games sold in digital stores.
The new rating made the hearts of many gamers beat faster, because the idea of a Sleeping Dogs remaster for the next generation is really great. However, Square Enix says nothing about such a project. In addition, the game currently runs great on both platforms due to backwards compatibility. Considering the last rating decision was made in 2014 for the Definitive Edition, this could be nothing more than bringing Sleeping Dogs up to date with the Classification Board’s guidelines. It is also worth noting that there is no indication of potential platforms in the Classification Board statement.
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