Ear­li­er this month, Out­last ΙΙ was denied by the Aus­tralian government’s Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Board, but now has been giv­en the green light.

Out­last ΙΙ was resub­mit­ted it was con­firmed by the Aus­tralian Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Board web­site on March 21st that the game will indeed be allowed to be released in Aus­tralia. it was giv­en a  R18+ rat­ing, with warn­ings of, “high impact hor­ror themes, vio­lence, blood, gore, and sex.” This rul­ing came only a week after their ini­tial refusal, which the Board stat­ed Out­last ΙΙ fell into the cat­e­go­ry 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.”

It was report­ed by Kotaku that the main rea­son the Board refused clas­si­fi­ca­tion for Out­last ΙΙ was the “implied sex­u­al vio­lence”, though that was not the only rea­son, it was the most spe­cif­ic one. 

It’s a mys­tery as to why the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Board decid­ed to final­ly over­turned its orig­i­nal deci­sion, as the game was not altered in any­way. Red Bar­rel con­firmed to Press-Start that, “Out­last 2 has been rat­ed R18+ by the Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Branch in Aus­tralia and will be released 26th April 2017. There will be only one ver­sion of Out­last ΙΙ avail­able world­wide.”