Digital Extremes hasn’t had much luck with our Classification Board. The developer’s Dark Sector had to have dismemberment and decapitation removed before it could be sold here. Now, there are two entries for The Darkness II in the classification database. Does that mean we’re getting a censored version of it too?
According to publisher 2K, no. In a recent statement to MCV Pacific, the company said the second submission contained a sex scene not included in the original July material. The later, altered submission, classified by the board in December last year, was sent in voluntarily by 2K.
(Confusingly, the classification database lists dates in a month/day/year format.)
The game received an MA15+ rating, and the keywords were modified from “Strong horror violence, blood and gore and coarse language” to “Strong horror violence, blood and gore, sex scenes and coarse language”.
The MCV Pacific story goes on to say that “no edits” were required to get the new version through, so it looks like all systems go for 2K and respite from the Classification Board for Digital Extremes. I’d still be interested in seeing the final report — as Mark wrote about last year, The Darkness II has its fair share of violence.
Thanks to Spook for bringing this to my attention in yesterday’s US preview of the game.
Why The Darkness II was classified twice in Australia [MCV Pacific]