Outlast II Will Get Australian Release After Recertification for R18+ Rating (UPDATE)
Following a previous denial of certification last week, the upcoming horror game Outlast II has received an R18+ rating in Australia.
The upcoming horror sequel Outlast II is set to bring players back into a terrifying world of insanity and deception in a cult-like rural society, and while the game was previously set to not receive a release in Australia due to some graphic content, it appears the title will see the light of day in Australia after all.
An updated listing from the Australian Government’s Classification Board (via Press Start) has appeared for Outlast II, with the game now receiving an R18+ rating with the consumer advice section of the listing noting that the game contains “High impact horror themes, violence, blood, gore and sex.”
The re-rating marks a change from last week, where Outlast II was denied classification by the Australian ratings board, which would have largely prevented the game from being released in the country. The denial of classification cited in the initial listing for the game was due to the game seeming 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.”
However, the new R18+ rating confirms that the title will release in the region, and according to a statement from developer Red Barrels to Press Start, the studio explained that “there will be only one version of Outlast 2 available worldwide,” implying that the title has been altered or edited (in some capacity) to gain the new rating. However, Red Barrels has not specified or disclosed what has been changed in regard to the new rating. The game’s listing on the Australian goverment’s ratings board also signifies a “Modified” status from what was previously submitted.
Outlast II will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 25th, 2017.
[UPDATE: A previous version of the article stated that the title would be unedited for release in Australia – however, statements from developer Red Barrels that there would be one release for the game worldwide instead suggest that the title may have been altered or edited for worldwide release, along with the listing from the Australian ratings board. We apologize for the misinterpretation and have corrected the article to reflect that.]