In a surprising move, the Australia classification board has decided to effectively ban a game that they deem as ‘too violent’. That was sarcasm by the way.
In a world where we finally have an R18+ rating for games, our friends at the ACB have decided to refuse classification for the terrifying survival game, based off their assessment of:
The computer game is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as computer 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.”
What this spells for Outlast fans is a fairly healthy amount of frustration – mainly because they knew full well the game was messed up. That’s kind of the point.
Given the prior situation with the original Outlast going through a similar issue (which led to the game being modified prior to release) we can only assume that the developers at Red Barrels would be dipping into their contingency plan at this point.
Outlast 2 was scheduled to release on April 25th. Now we wait and see what happens next. Read all about the refusal here.