The developers of "Outlast 2" may need to tweak their upcoming horror video game if they want to break into the Australian market once it goes on sale.
A report from Gamespot confirmed that the first-person survival video game, which was developed and published by Red Barrels, had been barred by Australia's Classification Board for its explicit content. The board refused to classify the game because of multiple scenes that implied sexual violence.
According to a report from Kotaku Australia, one of the scenes raised by the board depicted a female creature thrusting the protagonist in the presence of the latter's wife who was chained. Moreover, another scene had one of the creatures bent over against a rock, performing rear-entry sexual movements.
"Although much of the contact between the creature and Blake is obscured, by it taking place below screen, the sexualised surroundings and aggressive behaviour of the creature suggest that it is an assault which is sexual in nature. The Board is of the opinion that this, combined with Blake's objections and distress, constitutes a depiction of implied sexual violence," the Board said in their assessment.
It can also be noted that the Board would grant an R-18+ rating to the video game if it didn't contain the scenes with implied sexual violence. They did, however, clarify, that the scenes mentioned in their report were not "an exhaustive list of the content" that resulted in the Board's denial of a classification.
The Board explained in a ruling last March 15 that the game "depicts, expresses or otherwise deals 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."
Historically, Australia's video game classification has been stringent, with a number of famous titles I initially receiving a red flag, forcing them to edit some parts of the games. Some of these games include "South Park: The Stick of Truth," and "Fallout 3," which had the developers renaming "morphine" into "Med-X."