The Australian Ratings Board has reportedly denied Outlast II a rating, meaning that the game is essentially banned until developer Red Barrels agrees to make a few changes.
According to Kotaku Australia, the board justified its decision thanks to the game’s depiction of sexual violence. The full ruling states that the game is not allowed 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.”
Kotaku Australia has a spoiler-filled section of the game that the board finds problems with. Even reading it, it’s quite graphic. I suggest you go check it out over there if you want to make a judgement call on censorship or not.
Ick, I don’t care to read that again or ever see it
The board says that “without the depiction of implied sexual violence listed above” the game is eligible for an R18+ rating, clearing its way for release. Red Barrels hasn’t stated what its intentions are, but it sounds like an important scene in the plot at least. If it is central to the story, that requires an entire rewrite of a scene.
Call me a squeamish wimp or an advocate of censorship, neither of which is really true, but I think the Australian Board Ratings might have actually gotten this one correct.
Outlast II will be released on April 25 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.