[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 Well, directly after Leyonhjelm pleaded his case to parliament on March 20th, the Australian Classification rescinded their ban and rated Outlast 2 R18+ on March 21st.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.
BREAKING: Outlast 2 will now be released in Australia after being reclassified R18+. No changes were made to the game. pic.twitter.com/7irkNhrKms
— New Game Plus (@NewGamePlusTV) March 23, 2017
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.