Given all the ups and downs with the classification system lately, and Kojima's history for covering weird shit in video games, it's nice to know that we won't have any issues getting Death Stranding in Australia.
The Classification Board has manually reviewed an application from Sony for Kojima's upcoming ... singleplayer adventure? Solo-but-sort-of-connected adventure? Either way, it's getting through Australia's virtual border protection just fine. The game was rated MA15+ this week by the Board, with strong impact on themes and violence, moderate impact for language, and bugger all impact for nudity and sex.
In case you're wondering what "impact" means and how it's defined, there's a full breakdown of how the classification system works in Australia below.
With the rise in high-profile video games running into the wall of Australia's classification system, it's high time we revisited an old chestnut: Australia might have an R18 rating for video games, but we also have some hugely strict limits on what can actually be classified R18.
Now, fingers crossed Cyberpunk 2077 gets through just fine.
So we've finally got a better look at Death Stranding ... and most people still have absolutely no clue what is going on. But I'm part of the gaming cycle every day. So if that trailer was bonkers for me, what's it like for someone who doesn't play video games?