Outlast 2, Red Barrels’ upcoming horror survival title, has been refused a rating by the Australian Classification Board. The decision comes after authorities felt that the game contains scenes of graphic sexual violence and other depictions that might prove detrimental to the values that the country wants to uphold among its general public.

Outlast 2

Outlast 2, which comes as a sequel to the Montreal-based developer’s maiden venture, has been designed to appeal to a more mature taste, as Philippe Morin puts it. For this reason, the creators have made use of esoteric symbolism alongside retaining the more traditional horror tropes. From the gameplay and demo footages that we have seen, the game certainly does not go easy on the gore while still managing to create subtle effects. But it looks like the finished product does not sit well with the authorities in Australia.

Kotaku reports that the ban on Outlast 2 has been issued citing the existence of objectionable scenes in the upcoming video game. The section under which it has been refused pertains to games that contain explicit “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.”

However, the Board has stated that they might consider the game for an R18+ rating if the developers revise and resubmit it for approval. Red Barrels is yet to make a comment on the proceedings or what they plan to do about the release of Outlast 2 in Australia. But it has come to light that the scene that is thought to have played a crucial role in the ban depicts extreme sexual aggression, both explicit and implicit. The actions are directed towards protagonist Blake Langermann and his wife Lynn, who are being assaulted by a group of unnatural looking creatures. Take a look at Kotaku’s report to know more about the scene, but be warned against major spoilers.

Outlast 2 comes out in the US on April 25, while the UK release will take place on April 28. You can play the game on your Microsoft PC, Xbox One, and PS4 after it comes out.

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