Disco Elysium: The Final Cut Refused Classification in Australia

The government of Australia has given the upcoming Disco Elysium: The Final Cut Refused Classification status. This makes it illegal to buy or sell the game anywhere in Australia.

Developer ZA/UM announced the definition edition of their 2019 indie hit two days ago. It’s coming to several platforms, such as PS4 and Steam, on March 31st, and Xbox and Switch in the summer. This version adds a plethora of characters, locales, and Political Vision quests to an already-impressive narrative tour de force.

Apparently, some of this new content could deeply offend reasonable people, or so the Australian government believes. The country’s classification board has awarded The Final Cut Refused Classification status, citing the following reasons:

[Any computer games 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.

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It is difficult to guess just what piece of offending material put it over the line. However, considering that the original game is available in Australia, we can assume that the upgraded version will be an intense experience.

Getting an RC label in Australia effectively bans anyone from buying or selling the game there in its current form. ZA/UM can opt either to cut whatever it takes to satisfy the censors, or not to sell the game in Australia at all.

Not The First, Not The Last

That said, if you think that “standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults” sounds like rather arbitrary pearl clutching, you’re not alone. Australia has a long history of taking a hard stance against adult content in video games.

For a long time, Australia’s highest rating for video games was MA 15+. Games considered to necessitate an R 18+ rating were refused classification instead, despite the fact that an R rating for films had already existed for decades. Finally, in 2011, Australia’s Attorneys General agreed to create the rating for games as well.

Even since then, many high-profile games such as Saints Row IV and Hotline Miami have been refused even an R 18+ classification. On the other hand, several of these classifications were later successfully appealed or changed. Perhaps there is some hope yet for Disco Elysium: The Final Cut to make it to Australian shores.

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