Despite earlier reports, the Classification Board has confirmed that a modified version of Outlast 2 was submitted for review, rather than the original version of the game.
In a statement released this afternoon, the Classification Board confirmed that Red Barrels submitted a modified version of Outlast 2 to the board after the original was refused classification. The original version of Outlast 2 was banned for implied sexual violence, with the board describing a graphic scene in particular involving the protagonist and a demonic ritual.
Kotaku Australia has learned that Outlast 2 has been refused classification in Australia, predominately for the depiction of implied sexual violence.
In a statement to Press Start, Red Barrels said "there will be only one version of Outlast 2 available worldwide".
That statement was potentially contradicted by the Classification Board in an email to Kotaku Australia, however, with the censor saying that "the original version of the game that was refused classification has been modified to allow the game to be classified R18+". The board did not explain what about the game was modified, and referred further comment to the game's local distributor.
If the international release of Outlast 2 maintains parity with the Australian version, Red Barrels' original statement could still hold true, although it would mean foreign territories that had previously approved the game's release would then have their game censored by proxy.
I contacted the game's local distributor for comment, but had not heard back at the time of publication. I also reached out to the developers. If either get back to me, I'll update the story with their statements.