The upcoming horror sequel Outlast II is sure to bring another round of terror and violence to horror fans late next month, though recent events in regard to the game’s classification and rating will bar the game from audiences in Australia.
According to a report from Kotaku Australia, Outlast II has been denied classification from the Australian game ratings board, meaning it will be ineligible for release in the country without an approved rating. Specifically, the Australian government’s Classification Board explained that Outlast II has been 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.”
However, one of the most explicit reasonings that the game was refused classification appears to be tied to scenes in which there is “the depiction of implied sexual violence,” with the board nothing that “without the depiction of implied sexual violence listed above,” the game would be eligible for an R18+ rating – which the game’s previously-released demo received prior to its upcoming release.
While the board stated that these scenes were not “an exhaustive list of the content that caused” the game to be refused classification, the only other course of action for developer Red Barrels would be to remove, alter, or modify some of the game’s more explicit content and submit the game for recertification.
Outlast II will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 25th, 2017.