Outlast 2 Was Censored To Receive R18+ Rating, Suggests Ratings Board
Outlast 2 Censored
(Last Updated On: March 26, 2017)

Outlast 2 was recently unbanned and rated in Australia after originally being refused a classification by the ratings board in the land down under. On March 17th it was announced that Outlast 2 was banned by the Australian Classification Board, even though the demo for the game was rated R18+.

A few days later on March 20th a Liberal Democratic Senator of New South Wales, David Leyonhjelm, appealed to the ratings board to reconsider the nanny state-style censorship governing over games. On March 21st the Australian Classification Board reversed their decision, and unbanned ban of Outlast 2, giving it an R18+ rating.

However, it appears as if the appeal from Leyonhjelm wasn’t all that was at play in the board reconsidering Outlast 2. According to a statement issued to IGN, the Australian Classification Board stated…

“[…] it is satisfied that that the original version of the game that was refused classification has been modified to allow the game to be classified R 18+.”

The game being modified to receive the rating implies some form of censorship took place to move the game from being banned to being rated R18+, as indicated on the updated classification page.

We previously reported that the developers, Red Barrels, mentioned that the game would only have one version that would receive a worldwide release. This indicates that Australia is getting the same version of the game that Asia, Europe and America is receiving. If, however, what the Australian Classification Board is saying is true, then this means that the game was censored in order to receive the R18+ and that it will not be released uncensored in Australia or anywhere else in the world.

The scene in question was supposedly an implied sexual assault that took place off-screen in Outlast 2, but details on the scene are sketchy.

At some point today, March 25th, it was stated that the distributor would release a statement on the decision made by the Australian Classification, to clarify the issue regarding the game being unbanned and rated R18+. Presumably this will include a full explanation on what was edited or censored in order to achieve the rating.

Outlast 2 is set for release on April 26th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

(Thanks for the news tip Liz)


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  • This is not even just an issue of some loud-mouth SJWs in the media. This is actually a case of law.

    I’m guessing that the moralfags, SJWs and feminists have infested the ratings boards. If that’s the case (and it most likely is), then I fully expected this. Because if they cannot change the way people think and act, then they ALWAYS go for the authorities in charge and get what they want enforced by law.

    The only way to “fix” this is to advocate for some kind of reform in the ratings boards, and that could be possible with David Leyonhjelm. If you’re an Australian and you care about video games, now is the time to support him.

  • Just a couple of notes here. The organization in this article is called the Australian Classification BOARD, hence why it’s always abbreviated to ACB. I saw this mistake several times in the article.

    “A few days later on March 20th a Liberal Democratic Senator of South Wales […]”

    The state is actually called New South Wales. Just saying South Wales implies it’s in Europe.

    • You know, I thought about that… and I’ve always struggled as to what to abbreviate it to or call them, since on their site it’s only “Australian Classification”, and on Wikipedia it’s referred to CB (Classification Board) and they used to be called something else but I can’t remember. Anyway, thanks… I made the modifications.

  • Alistair

    In other words it a major fucking cop out. And I refuse to buy this chicken piece of shit.

    And red barrels had no back bone when a political party has got your back and you cave in that make them fucking tool.