Outlast 2 is an upcoming first-person survival horror video game. It has been making rounds in the headlines for its previous ban in Australia with that same ban being retracted just recently. Now, the game’s developer, Red Barrels, is addressing the Outlast 2 ban and how it even came to be in the first place.
Outlast 2 Ban: What Went Wrong?
To recap, the upcoming horror game had been banned to go on sale in Australia by the Australian Classification Board. This was due to sexual themes that were discovered in the game footage that had been sent for review. According to reports, the sexual activity in question involved the main character, Blake, being involved in some form of sexual violence.
To its defense, Red Barrels revealed that the footage sent for review had included an Alpha version of the game, one that would not actually make it to the final product. Thus, a second review took place, with the included footage depicting a more accurate representation of what would be shown to players upon the Outlast 2 release.
“The original submission of Outlast 2 to the Australian Classification Board contained the final game code and a video file for reference taken from an Alpha version of the game,” explained Red Barrels in a statement. “This video file should not have been sent along with the game code, as its content was not representative of the final game.”
The developer continued, “In the second submission, the same game code was submitted with a video file reflecting the final game content. The game was then approved for release with an R18+ rating.”
The game’s current rating is in line with Australia’s 18+ age classification for video games, and thus, it has been cleared to go on sale. This is good news for fans of Outlast 2 in Australia, as the headlines regarding its previous ban had sent many into a frenzy.
Is The Australian Version Of Outlast 2 Different?
Red Barrels was sure to reiterate that only one version of Outlast 2 will be released worldwide. As such, players around the world will be able to enjoy the same content delivered by the game, regardless of which version they will be acquiring.
With the Outlast 2 ban done and over with, fans now need not worry of any chances that the game might not be put into shelves. The Outlast 2 release date is set for an April 25 launch and will be released in Australia a day later. It will be available on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.