Earlier this month, we reported that there would be no digital upgrade option for the PlayStation 3 version of Ultra Street Fighter IV in Australia and New Zealand, due to a conflict with Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) age ratings.
Capcom confirmed at the time that the Xbox 360 version would not be affected, though it was not clear why this was the case, given that OFLC ratings are typically the same across platforms.
A spokesperson for the publisher has elaborated on the situation in a statement sent to NZGamer.com, explaining that it is due to Sony's best practice regarding age ratings.
"Due to conflicting age rating with the OFLC the digital upgrade is not available on PSN across Australia and New Zealand. This is the result of a Sony policy reflecting best practice for age ratings.
"More specifically, Ultra Street Fighter IV has an ‘M’ classification, whereas Super Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV Arcade have ‘PG’ classifications. Best practice with Sony means that an update may not have a different classification from the original title. However, Ultra Street Fighter IV PS3 will still be released as a standalone retail boxed version in Australia and New Zealand.
"This is not the case with Microsoft, so both the digital upgrade and the stand alone retail boxed versions will be released in Australia and New Zealand."
The digital upgrade for Xbox 360 comes out for European territories next week, on June 4th, while the retail version for both consoles has a European release date of August 4.