After initially being refused classification, Outlast 2 will be released in Australia next month with an R18+ rating.
Update: The Classification Board has confirmed to Kotaku Australia that a modified version of the game, which was submitted for review, received an R18+ rating - not the original version of the game. More details are below.
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.
The statement says that "there will only be one version of Outlast 2 available worldwide", indicating that Red Barrels did not submit a modified version of the game to censors. The game will go on sale from April 26, matching its international release in Europe and the United States. The Classification Board's listing, however, lists "modified" on the version of the game, possibly indicating otherwise.
Outlast 2 was originally refused classification over content that censors described as "implied sexual violence". One scene in particular involved the player's character being forced into a hallucination, while they were subject to a demonic ritual.
Kotaku Australia has learned that Outlast 2 has been refused classification in Australia, predominately for the depiction of implied sexual violence.
Kotaku Australia has reached out to Red Barrels, the game's maker, and the Classification Board for comment.