If you take in consideration how f**ked up the original Outlast was, you should have an idea that Red Barrels is not a company that will hold back when it comes to gruesome and disturbing content intended to scare or disturb the crap out of you. It seems though that with Outlast 2, they went a little too far for the Australian Classification Board who denied the game a rating, effectively banning the game in the country as you cannot sell a game without a rating.
Kotaku Australia pressed the Classification Board for more details about the game and why it was refused, they received a response which we will post at the bottom of this article for possible spoilers.
The gist of the document highlights some scenes of Sexual Violence. The Board’s report noted that “without the depiction of implied sexual violence listed”, Outlast 2 would be eligible for a R18+ rating, but the scenes listed was not “an exhaustive list of the content that caused” the game to be banned classification.
**SPOILER WARNING (ALSO NSFW)**
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.