We were really looking forward to it, too!
Thanks to the Australian Classification Board’s decision to refuse classification for the game, we most likely won’t be able to get Outlast 2 in Australia. Not for the near future, anyway.
The reason for this refusal was ‘Games 1(a)’, which covers 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.’
Let’s not forget that Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, P.T. and the original Outlast – after some modification – have all been passed and released in Australia. The game’s demo received an R18+ rating in Australia back in September, so it’s concerning what made Australian censors decide to completely refuse the full game’s.
Hopefully Red Barrels will alter Outlast 2 to comply with the restrictions before its official release on April 25th.