Outlast 2 Developer Red Barrels Explains Australian Rating Mistake
When Red Barrels submitted Outlast 2 to the Australian Classification Board, apparently footage from an earlier version of the game was mistakenly included.
Over the past couple of weeks, we have told you about Outlast 2‘s review by the Australian Classification Board. At first, it seemed that the game may not be released in Australia without it being in some way altered to adhere to the country’s guidelines on the depiction of sexual violence. Then, an update was submitted to that statement, indicating that the game had been re-reviewed and would receive a R18+ rating. However, until today it has remained unclear why this situation started at all.
In speaking to IGN about the above-referenced dilemma, developer Red Barrels Studio clarified that the bump in the road of Outlast 2‘s Australian rating was the result of Alpha footage from the game mistakenly provided as submission.
“The original submission of Outlast 2 sent to the Australian Classification Branch contained the final game code and a video file for reference taken from an Alpha version of the game. This video file should not have been sent along with the game code, as its content was not representative of the final game.
“In the second submission, the same game code was submitted with a video file reflecting the final game content. The game was then approved for release with an R18+ rating.”
As has been its mantra since this story began, Red Barrels added that “there will be only one version of Outlast 2 available worldwide.”