‘Outlast 2’ Has Been Refused A Rating In Aus For Implied Sexual Violence

Outlast 2 is no longer being released in Australia because it has been refused classification.

The sequel to 2013’s gnarly horror game was scheduled for release on April 25, but the Classification Board cited Games 1(a) and swiftly knocked it back. 
1(a) is a classification given to games when they “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”.

Before you scream “fucking hell, this is like Left 4 Dead 2 all over again” like I did, the board have their reasons. 
Here’s what they said about it. Heads up, there’s some spoilers in here, even though you’ll probably never play them. 
WARNING: The following contains a description of implied sexual assault. 

“In one cut-scene in the game … a female creature prepares Blake for a ritual. She says, “I want to see your true face. Your seed will burn this world.” Shortly afterwards, he objects to having psycho-active dust blown into his face, yelling, “Nope! Nope!” before he stumbles into a forest clearing. 

His vision blurring, he witnesses what appears to be a ritualistic orgy. His wife, Lynn, calls out for his help, saying, “It hurts! Oh god!,” as she hangs from chains on a raised platform at the front of the clearing. Humanoid creatures, their skin grey, spattered with blood and scarred, implicitly have sex as others pray, or chant, or gesticulate. 

One creature has another bent over a rock, thrusting as they implicitly have rear-entry sex, another sits astride the pelvic region of a creature prone on the ground, moving their hips rhythmically as they too implicitly have sex. Two other pairs of creatures in the clearing are also implicitly having sex. 

As Blake yells for the creatures to “Get away from her!” a female creature, her greyish breasts bared, pushes him onto his back, holds his arms to the ground and repeatedly thrusts her crotch against him. As Blake protests, saying “No! Stop that!” the creature thrusts again, before placing its face over his midsection and then sitting up and wiping its mouth. 

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. In the Board’s opinion, the above example constitutes a depiction of implied sexual violence and therefore cannot be accommodated within the R18+ classification category and the game is therefore Refused Classification.”

Yeah… fair point. 

According to the board, without the implied sexual violence, the game would clear an R18+ rating in Australia. 

Whether the game’s creators will release a censored version of the game for us is unclear at this stage. 

Source: Kotaku.
Photo: Outlast 2.