Outlast 2 might not be releasing in Australia unless the developers put forward a modified version of the survival horror game
Outlast 2, the sequel to the 2014 surprise hit game has hit stomped on to a hurdle for its release in Australia. The game has now been refused classification by the Classification Board in Australia, which has put its release in hot waters unless the developers Red Barrels re-alter the game and push for resubmission.
According to report, the Classification Board of Australia has classified Outlast 2 as a Games 1(a) title, which refers to games that “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.”
Kotaku has revealed the reasons for the classification refusal and says that the decision has been made following the involvement of sexual violence in one part of the game. The description of the particular cut-scene has also been provided in the report.
Outlast 2 was earlier given an R18+ rating for its demo. The game is not the first to get classification refused following the introduction of R18+. Games like Hotline Miami 2 and Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni has encountered a similar fate earlier in Australia. Hotline Miami 2 developers Devolver Games refused to alter the contents following which the game was banned in the country.
However, Red Barrels could also follow the path of games like The Bug Butcher, which was initially banned, but later altered and granted an M rating. That said, the developers will have to modify the game contents to get it rated so as to let the game be legally sold in Australia. Elsewise, players will have to look for alternate options.
Outlast 2 will be arriving for PC, PS4 and Xbox One consoles on April 25th.