Outlast 2: To Much For Australia
The upcoming horror game Outlast 2 has proven itself, before its actual release, to be too much for the Australian Classification Board. So much so that they have denied the game a rating. Which in turn means that it will never make it to Australian shelves, as without a rating it cannot be sold.
The game concentrates on Blake Langermann, an investigative journalist and cameraman who, while working alongside his wife, follows the trail of a murdered pregnant woman. However it’s not just guts and gore you’ll find inside this game, but rather lewd scenes that seem to cause offense.
Kotaku Australia was able to clarify what had the Classification Board hesitant to rate the game, being sent a document that explained a scene they found to be too explicit and inappropriate for their gamers.
Spoilers below, read on at your own decision:
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 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.
The game, due to these scenes, will only be considered after the mentioned scenes are removed from play – according to the Australian Classification Board.
While I’m sure these scenes won’t stop many people from getting the game, I am sure it will cause a few parents to pause if they are to discover the contents within. Though parent’s of this day and age seem ready to let their kids do all sorts of gruesome things these days – so what do I know.
Check out the Trailer for Outlast 2 below, if nothing else it does inspire some terror in my soul.
Let us know in the comments on what you think of Australia’s choice, and whether or not the described scene offends you.
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