Upcoming horror title Outlast 2 has been denied classification by the Australian Classification Board, on the basis of a ‘ritualistic’ sex scene in which the main character, Blake Langermann, is sexually assaulted by a female creature. This means that unlike the limited release of the Outlast 2 demo, which was available to the Australian public last year, the full game does not qualify for release and therefore cannot be legally sold in Australia. The Board explained that since Outlast 2 hints at sexual violence, it “cannot be accommodated within the R18+ classification category and the game is therefore Refused Classification.” The legal reason for the ban is available via the Australian Government website:
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.”
Outlast 2 is coming out this April 25 for Xbox, PS4 and PC.