Outlast 2 Denied Rating in Australia

By Mark Delaney, 1 year ago
Australia has developed quite a reputation for censoring games more often than most other countries. The latest game to fail to meet the standards of the ratings entity down under is Outlast 2. The game was found to be in conflict with the Australian Ratings Board's definition of even its R18+ rating, which is what was assigned to the first-person horror's predecessor. The spoiler-free version of why it will be banned if not edited for Australian audiences is listed on the board's website under item 1a of the National Classification Code:

A game that depicts, expresses or otherwise deals 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.

If you wish to know the specifics that caused the ratings denial, you can click through the spoiler tags to read the update first received by Kotaku. The tags are in place because of genuine story spoilers many will want to avoid, though some may also find the details hard to stomach. Consider yourself warned for each.

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With no rating assigned to the game, Red Barrels can choose to edit the content and retry for the R18+ rating, though it would seem to be crucial to the story, or elect to simply not release the game in Australia. In recent years Australia has also denied ratings to games such as State of Decay and Hotline Miami 2. In the former's case, Undead Labs elected to alter the game's content that was in conflict with the ARB, while the latter's creators instead chose to simply pass over releasing their game in Australia.

Outlast 2, in its current form, releases everywhere but Australia on April 25th.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.