After being unavailable for a while last year, Ubisoft finally made South Park: Fractured But Whole available for pre-order to Australians. But judging by some of the footage coming out of E3 this year, there's a chance the Classification Board might take issue with the game.
The scene in question happens in the Peppermint Hippo Strip Club, where the player and a fellow superhero are looking for a dancer with a specific tattoo. The only way to find those dancers is to get into the VIP room. The player starts out by talking to strippers near the bar, but the strippers pointedly tell the player that they're too young to be in the strip bar.
At that point your fellow superhero says they've found a couple of guys and to "just play along". Playing along then results in a lap dancing mini-game, which culminates in ripping a fart directly into someone's face:
You can see the scene in full below, including the segments after the mini-game. There's a battle scene afterwards and a line about the kids spiking someone's drink with "something really strong".
With The Stick of Truth, the developers had to censor multiple scenes featuring the player, and other NPCs, being anally penetrated by alien probes. Another censored scene took place at an abortion clinic, where the player performs a faux abortion on Randy to avoid capture.
We don't know how many Fractured But Whole scenes are as risque as the scene the Peppermint Hippo Strip Club. There's already a few red flags as far as the Classification Board would be concerned though: the fact that minors are performing simulated sexual acts (even if they and the player knows otherwise, the NPCs they're grinding on don't), their exposure to alcohol and the principle of spiking someone's drink to get them out of the way.
Some Australians who played Fractured But Whole at E3 raised the issue with Ubisoft. In the background of this video from Skill Up, a local YouTuber, the Ubisoft representative said "we're in a lot of conversations with the age rating boards in Australia" (see 1m 17s below).
Fractured But Whole is due out on October 17, which leaves Ubisoft and their developers plenty of time to knock up a koala in a cape or something appropriate if they can't convince the Classification Board to let the game be released in Australia. Given that it wasn't possible for The Stick of Truth, and NPCs are talking about their boners while kids grind on their laps, it's possible the censors might have a bit of a problem with this.
We reached out to Ubisoft's local team to ask for more clarification on the discussions they were having with the Classification Board, and if there was any likely changes needed for Fractured But Whole to be released in Australia. We didn't hear back by the time of writing, but I'll update this article if they get back to us with a statement.