Outlast 2 Has Been Banned in Australia by the Ratings Board

Out­last ΙΙ, the upcom­ing hor­ror sequel has been rat­ed too much for Aus­tralian play­ers, as their rat­ing board has com­plete­ly banned it.

Report­ed by Kotaku Aus­tralia, Out­last ΙΙ has not even been clas­si­fied by the Aus­tralian game rat­ings board. This means it will be inel­i­gi­ble for release in the coun­try at all, because it has no approval rat­ing. Aus­tralian gov­ern­men­t’s Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Board explained Out­last ΙΙ was cer­ti­fied 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.”

The most explic­it rea­son­ing for ban was “the depic­tion of implied sex­u­al vio­lence.” The board also stat­ed that with­out the depic­tion of  implied sex­u­al vio­lence, the game would be eli­gi­ble for an R18+ rating. 

Although the board stat­ed this was not “an exhaus­tive list of the con­tent that caused” the ban to placed, Red Bar­rel (devs of Out­last) can still make it hap­pen. Of course, they would have to mod­i­fy, alter, and remove some of the game’s explic­it con­tent and re-sub­mit the game for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (so play­ers get less of the game..nice). 

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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