Life Is Strange 2 Has Been Pulled From Digital Stores In Australia

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Australia's classification system has struck again, although thankfully this time it's not a full ban. Life is Strange 2 has been temporarily removed from all digital stores within Australia, with the game's age rating under review.

Life Is Strange's Twitter account announced the news stating the game would no longer be available on digital stores for all platforms from Wednesday September 10 for around two weeks.

The tweet explained it would work with the Classification Board in order to review the age ratings applied to the game. Life Is Strange 2's first episode is rated M15+, according to the Classification Board, meaning it's not age-restricted. On Steam, it has a mature content rating.

While all the episodes are available on Steam at the time of writing, it's assumed all episodes will be unavailable from Wednesday, not just the base game.

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It's not confirmed why the game was pulled now with the most recent episode being released on August 23. Kotaku Australia has reached out to the Classification Board to clarify the announcement but it did not respond at the time of publication.

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Comments

    I wonder if this is one of those cases where new content raises the age rating and requires it to be re-reviewed.

      in theory every DLC requires the game to be re-reviewed. That being the case though large content updates probably take longer which may make it more noticible.

    With episodic games does each new episode count as DLC or its own separate game under classification guidelines?

      I think it depends on how they are distributed. Early Telltale games (before they started having consequences carry over from episode to episode) were usually distributed as independent games that could be installed and launched individually. They were likely classified individually, even if some people paid for the whole season in one go.

      If the episodes can't be installed independently (e.g. if they each "plug in" to the first episode, which acts as a launcher), then they likely need to reclassify the whole thing each time.

    So what happens to those who have the game already but are deemed underage if the ratkng changes?

      Nothing - you'll continue to have access to the game as per normal.

      To @dire_wolf - technically new episodes are supposed to be re-rated if they contain any content that would push the game out of the scope from the original classification rating. But the rules were written before episodic releases were really a thing, and it's something that's being looked at in the upcoming revision of the guidelines AFAIK.

        And if they wish to redownload? (That is what I meant to ask originally)

    "As well as re-download on ps4". The devs might need to keep an eye on the AU "unblocking" on psn! Vambrace: Cold Soul carries XB AU store "M" rating & after confirmation by its devs about sorting it out, SIEE still hasn't fixed the aussie psn release!

    Man I thought we would be getting past all this classification bs when we introduced the R rating. Why are we treated like immature babies who can’t handle content

    Australia has attracted the world's attention after numerous games were banned
    Yeah no. The world pretty much does not pay attention to anything Australia does. Travel overseas (further than NZ) and speak to the locals. The first thing they normally ask is "do kangeroo's really hop down the street" or variations of that theme. Next, they ask about spider/crocs etc. You might get some clever clogs asking about beer or the surfing. They will often mistake us for South Africans or maybe the British. I was in San Jose a year or so back and a lady honestly asked me what it was like to ski in the Alps (thinking I was from *Austria*).

    The world knows nothing of our politics, history, or stupid stance on game ratings. And it is stupid.

      Yeah no. The reason our game classification makes world news is because developers have been forced to make changes which affect the entire world. They care that content has been removed from their game they play because of our laws. They don't care about Australia unless it affects them, and this does.

      Maybe you just dont watch or read the places in which it does make world news, and often?

      When i went all through Europe people were often very fascinated with it, especially in places like UK. Some times I would be setting in a pub wanted to discuss their stuff and would have my ear talked off.. And if nothing else people like Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and co often mention Australia and all of our political and social hilarity. And of course, even these days, BBC does a lot of Australia news coverage, even on the UK pages of them.

      In terms of games I have yet often seen places like Eurogamer cover our stories.

      Nope. Talk to any gamer, anywhere in the world, and they know about our stupid and inept classification system.

    Australia doesn't have an 'M15+' rating as the article suggests, and hasn't since I think 2005. the M rating has no age associated with it.

      To be fair, it's obviously a mistyping of the MA15+ rating which Australia does have. But you could have mentioned that in your comment.

        No, the rating is M, not MA.

        Life is Strange is M rated and as I stated below, M is still recommended for 15+, it's just not included in the tag anymore and is just an advisory level tag (only restricted level tags include the age now) so its not restricted to 15+ like MA15+ is.

      It technically is still M15+ (the 15+ is just not included in the tag anymore though), its just "recommended" meaning it can be viewed by people under 15 although parental supervision is advised. It is an "advisory" level and therefore not restricted to 15+. MA15+ is the restricted level. Its kind of similar to G and PG, one is fine for everyone and the other recommends parental guidance for those under 15 but is not restricted.

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