Tripwire’s Killing Floor 2 is certainly taking it up a notch in the visuals department, especially when it comes to separating body parts from other body parts. The game, which has been in Early Access since last year, now has a release date — November 18. What is doesn’t have is a rating from the Classification Board.
Last year, Tripwire highlighted Australia as a region that may get a “reduced gore” version of Killing Floor 2, but whether that comes to pass is entirely in the hands of the Classification Board.
It’s true we have an R18+ rating now, but the Board has been known to frown upon realistic displays of dismemberment.
That didn’t stop the Board from classifying the likes of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, which according to the organisation depicts dismemberment with “detailed [graphics] and human characters … portrayed in a realistic fashion”.
The Old Blood managed to get in with an R18+.
Back in 2009, the original Killing Floor was rated MA15+, but this was before games could receive the higher rating. Given the increased focus on gore, it’s hard to predict what form Killing Floor 2 will take in Australia.
November is still a couple of months away, so the title may not appear in the Classification database for some time. That said, if Tripwire needs to make edits to the game, it may submit it sooner rather than later.