UPDATE: After initially being refused classification in Australia, a modified version of Outlast 2 has been given an R18+ rating, meaning it will now get an Oz release.
As you can see in the original article below, Outlast 2 was originally refused due to scenes of “implied sexual violence” but the new version has omitted the offending scenes allowing for the R18+ rating.
Outlast 2 will be released at the end of April.
Australian fans of Outlast may be disappointed as it seems the sequel may not be making its way to their shores. The game was initially refused classification, meaning it will not be getting released but is now potentially being considered if certain scenes are removed.
In a ruling issued on March 15th, the Australian government’s Classification Board stated that Outlast 2 has content that has been identified to:
“Depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”
Since this ruling however, the Australian government’s Classification Board has said that the game could potentially be considered for an R18+ rating “without the depiction of implied sexual violence.”
The original story and follow up came from Kotaku Australia and you can get a description of the offending scenes on their website, should you choose to.
Outlast 2 will not be released in Australia with its current content which means developer Red Barrels will have to remove the offending content and resubmit the game for review to the classification board.
This is not the first instance of games being banned in Australia as they are known for having a strict policy on game, only introducing an R18+ classification in 2011. Outlast is not the first title to hit this issue, with titles like Fallout, South Park: The Stick of Truth and Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number all being refused classification without being edited in some way.
The classification for games often seems stricter than that of films which some would deem unfair. What are your opinions? Let us know in the comments section below!