You have to give it to Devolver Digital. They've got a great track record with the Classification Board.
The indie publisher has just had another game refused classificiation by the national sensors, with the target this time being Katana Zero. Devolver announced that the game had received a "Classification Refused" rating through the automated IARC process, rather than a direct ban from the Classification Board itself.
IARC rulings, however, have the same legal force as an RC rating from the Classification Board. Devolver noted on Twitter that they would be re-submitting the game directly to the Classification Board, as well as New Zealand's Office of Film and Literature Classification, to get the game approved.
Heads up to folks in Australia / New Zealand - Katana ZERO has a ‘Classification Refused’ rating and therefore will not be released on Switch in Australia and New Zealand on Thursday.
Our team is re-submitting in hopes to get that changed and we’ll keep you posted with news! pic.twitter.com/VTt9U4Jni3
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) April 17, 2019
The game was due to launch on the eShop and PC this week. The Steam version is still viewable from an Australian IP, making it likely that the game will still be available for sale when it launches late Friday/early Saturday morning. Switch owners, however, will have to wait for the Classification Board to approve the game before it can be sold on the eShop.
Video: OK Katana Zero, you have my attention. The game is being billed as a "a fast paced neo-noir action platformer", and it looks equal parts slick and brutal. Among other things, the game will let you slow down time and interrupt characters during conversations. It will be out sometime this year.