Outlast 2 Unbanned In Australia Following Politician’s Plea To Parliament
Outlast 2 Unbanned
(Last Updated On: March 25, 2017)

[Update: 3/25/2017] New information reveals that the Australian Classification re-rated Outlast 2 based on modifications made to the game by Red Barrels, and that the game will not release uncensored.

[Original story:] Liberal Democrat and South Wales Senator in Australia, David Leyonhjelm, recently sought to beseech parliament to rescind their censorious ways toward gamers in Australia. He advocated for more reasoned minds and common sense when it comes to rating games and treating them more evenhandedly, citing their recent and unreasonable ban on Outlast 2 as a continued instance of nannying gamers.

This happened after the Australian Classification recently banned Outlast 2 for an off-screen sexually implied act. The real kicker? They rated Outlast 2’s demo R18+. Well, directly after Leyonhjelm pleaded his case to parliament on March 20th, the Australian Classification rescinded their ban and rated Outlast 2 R18+ on March 21st.

New Game Plus, an Australian gaming site, spotted the news along with the newly implemented R18+ classification over on the Australian government website.

According to Red Barrels, they offered a statement to the Australian gaming website Press-Start, where they explained that they did not change anything in Outlast 2 and the game was not censored or altered in any way in order to secure the R18+ rating by the Australian Classification board….

“Outlast 2 has been rated R18+ by the Classification Branch in Australia and will be released 26th April 2017. There will be only one version of Outlast 2 available worldwide.”

This is fantastic news for everyone out there in Aussie land who wanted to get their hands on Outlast 2 but didn’t want to have to go through the trouble of using a VPN or importing the game from another region.

Whether or not the Australian Classification unbanned the game after hearing Leyonhjelm’s speech remains to be seen, or if he personally had a talk with them to get them to change their mind is unknown, but right after Leyonhjelm took them to task for allowing MPs to view sites like Liveleak but ban sites like IGN, Polygon and GamePlanet, they seemed to have responded rather quickly in changing the ban on Outlast 2.

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  • Alistair

    Also red barrels lied to that press release. No changes were made.

    What a frigging joke.

  • Alistair

    Then I’m afraid not buying it and red barrels has chicken out.

  • DDD-kun

    I see a promising career in his future.

  • John27

    Just note: the ‘Liberal Democrats’ in Australia are right wing. 25 years ago videogame censorship was coming from the right, now it’s all coming from the left.

    • I’ve heard as much… which is funny given how much the political spectrum changes depending on the region.

      But you’re absolutely right that it was the Puritans, Christian Right, Catholic Right and Moral Right that were hammering away at censorship in gaming back then.

  • AR7777

    We should mail Leyonhjel and thank him even if we are not Australian, we need to encourage politicians who protect our games wherever they are.

    His contact info is: [email protected].

  • mikebrand83

    Just flat out didn’t have even the slightest inkling of the possibility of such a turnabout occurring, given how regressive the Australian Classification Censorship Board (and Australian government bureaucrats in general) tends to be.

    I’m pleasantly surprised, and now even if these are usually not my type of game, I might buy it now just on principle.

  • Disqusted

    Still sad it takes a politician to point out how infantile the government is, because they don’t give a flying f**k what regular people think. They’re supposed to be “public servants”, maybe they should try asking the public what the public wants, instead of dictating to us what they think we should want.

  • Didn’t expect this considering how absolutely cucked out to leftists and feminists Australia are.

    Hopefully we will see more MPs like David Leyonhjelm should a country decide to ban a video game because it hurts an SJW’s feelings.

  • Alistair

    Well common sense did prevail after all.

    What a glorious U-turn from a board.

    Now you look more of a frigging idiot for banning the game and others in the past and it took 1 man to change all that.

    There hope for Australia gamers now that others games won’t have a banned hammer on them.

    • I’ll admit, I’m amazed all it took was one common sense speech in front of the Prime Minister to get them to turn around.

      It’s a strange thing, but I wonder if this will have far reaching effects for upcoming games as well? Or maybe even games that were banned a while back but for ambiguous reasons?

      • Alistair

        It not all good news. Duel shockers has updated the article saying red barrel has only one version for world wide and they say it was altered edit for the west.

        So basically it the Australia world wide if it censored there it be censored elsewhere.

  • This is some of the best news I’ve heard all year! I might even consider getting the game because of this. Thank you, Based Lion!