Outlast 2 refused classification in Australia

Posted on March 16, 2017

As much as I love this country, we are a joke sometimes, because Outlast 2 has been refused classification. The sequel to Red Barrels’ horror hit Outlast was set to release April 25th.

It’s noted that it was refused classification because it breaks the following classification guideline:

“The computer game is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as computer games that “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.”

Why, even after we have introduced a perfectly working R18 classification, are we still banning games? The original Outlast went through similar classification troubles and had to be modified before it could be classified and released in Australia back in 2013. We may see the same for the sequel, though there is no official word from the publisher or developer yet.