Playstation 5 – The Final Cut Finally Unbanned, Rated In Australia
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut gets a rating in Australia. What that means for fans of the award-winning title and fans of the gaming industry.
After months of uncertainty, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is clear for release on all platforms in Australia after the Classification Review Board overturned a previous ruling which refused to rate the game. The original Disco Elysium released in 2019 and would go on to win Best Narrative, Best Independent Game, and Best Role-Play Game at The Game Awards 2019. During the 16th British Academy Game Awards, the acclaimed title would win Best Debut Game, Best Music, and Best Narrative.
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut was banned in Australia in March, with the Australian Classification Review Board determining the game could not be rated. As a result, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut received a Refused Classification (RC) rating, meaning the title could not be advertised, sold, or legally imported in Australia. This was despite the fact that Disco Elysium: The Final Cut remains available on GOG, Steam, and other virtual storefronts after its release. The Board did not give a specific reason as to why the game could not be rated, citing that it did not meet acceptable standards of morality and decency. The massive 15-gigabyte update adds fully voiced dialogue, new quests, items, and dialogue choices, giving players an entirely new experience while playing the cult classic.
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According to Kotaku, the Australian Classification Review Board recently overturned the previous ruling stating, “In the Classification Review Board’s opinion Disco Elysium—The Final Cut warrants an R 18+ classification because the themes, coarse language and drug references have a high impact.” The game received a classification after ZA/UM made a direct challenge to the original ruling. The board determined the game’s long-term mechanics disincentives drug use, despite short-term benefits.
In Australia, computer games with the R 18+ classification are restricted to adult players. Those under the age of 18 cannot legally purchase the game within Australia. Due to the themes associated with Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, the rating is likely what ZA/UM expected initially, instead of being unable to acquire one within Australia back in March. The gritty narrative for the game allows gamers to play as a detective attempting to solve a murder in a downtrodden post-war land.
It is likely fans of Disco Elysium who wished to play Disco Elysium: The Final Cut already purchased the update; since it remained available on digital storefronts. The official banning in March likely did little to affect the total sales of the title; however, the recent change in the ruling is a victory for gamers who want to see the industry regulated similarly to the film industry. Whatever is next for ZA/UM they will likely have a legion of followers clamoring for another classic like Disco Elysium.
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Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is available now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, and PC.
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