It's no surprise that people are closely watching for any signs for Red Dead Redemption 2, what will probably be the biggest game of the year. But as the weeks and months progressed, and Red Dead didn't show up on the classification database, people started to worry.
Fortunately, there's no delays on that front. Red Dead Redemption 2 has been officially classified MA15+, with the Board making their decision in early September. As part of the process, however, Rockstar asked the Board if they could withhold the reasons — the official report where the Board outlines the reasoning justifying a certain rating — until the game's launch on October 26.
Kotaku Australia understands that RDR2 will feature "strong themes and violence" on the box, as well as the usual "online interactivity" label that games with online multiplayer are classified with. That differs slightly from the original Red Dead, which was classified MA15+ with strong violence, coarse language and sex scene warnings.
What's interesting through this process is that, at least from my enquiries, the Classification Board seemed to take an extra step on behalf of Rockstar. It makes sense for the Decision Report to be withheld, but there's no spoilers in the classification rating itself. (If anything, this will probably come as good news to a lot of parents who bought GTA 5 for their obviously underage kids.)
I reached out to Rockstar asking if they asked for the classification rating to be withheld, along with the report. I hadn't heard back by time of publication, but if that changes I'll let you know. Either way, for those who emailed in worried: life is good! Red Dead will arrive at its scheduled time. It's also not an R18+ game, which isn't a huge deal but nice to know nonetheless.
For more of an idea as to how RDR 2 will play, see Stephen's two hour preview with the game below. There's also the latest gameplay trailer, which includes a brief clip in first-person mode.
I played Red Dead Redemption 2 for the first time this week, and I swiftly caused glorious chaos.