Australia effectively bans Outlast 2

Ban drama is a recurring theme in news around the world. In this instance, Australia decided to join the action and hit the ban button on the upcoming survival-horror game Outlast 2 from Red Barrels.

Scheduled for release on April 25 through Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the sequel follows the popular Outlast and Outlast: Whistleblower. A physical trilogy pack containing all three Outlast games will be available.

While Kotaku Australia gave away the problematic part in their article, describing the specific scene would count as a spoiler. Fans not wishing to learn what happens can instead read a broad description in a Gamespot article:

” … the Australian government’s Classification Board stated that Outlast 2 has been identified 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.'”

Australia’s classification board originally gave the demo an R18+ rating last fall. Because the full game did not receive a rating, it cannot be released in the country unless Red Barrels makes some revisions.

Although Outlast 2 is set in the same world as Outlast and Outlast: Whistleblower, the third entry offers a fresh storyline.

According to the official website description, “You are Blake Langermann, a cameraman working with your wife, Lynn. The two of you are investigative journalists willing to take risks and dig deep to uncover the stories no one else will dare touch.”

“You’re following a trail of clues that started with the seemingly impossible murder of a pregnant woman known only as Jane Doe. The investigation has lead you miles into the Arizona desert, to a darkness so deep that no one could shed light upon it, and a corruption so profound that going mad may be the only sane thing to do.”

Sounds like a cheerful time.

The original two games were successful, especially with “Let’s Play” YouTubers. The most graphic part came in the Outlast: Whistleblower scenes involving “The Groom” Eddie Glusken.

Next month will reveal just how much darker the series can get.

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