Steam Is Still Selling Disco Elysium: The Final Cut To Australians

Steam Is Still Selling Disco Elysium: The Final Cut To Australians
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Even though it’s officially refused classification in Australia, it doesn’t look like Steam has paid much attention to Disco Elysium – A Final Cut‘s ban because Aussies can still buy it as of this morning.

The ZA/UM RPG, which has gotten a huge update this morning with new content, voice-overs, controller support, new political vision quests and a hardcore mode, is still being sold through Steam to Australians. The game is officially supposed to be unavailable, with the Classification Board finding that a game that lets you split bags of coke with underage kids and specifically offers achievements and quests for doing speed was absolutely not going to fly under Australian guidelines.

Still, that hasn’t stopped Steam from selling Disco Elysium to Australians as of this morning. What’s interesting is that The Final Cut is now the only version of Disco Elysium listed on Steam, rather than a second app (as some games have done, like Divinity: Original Sin).

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Given that Kotaku Australia understood that Disco Elysium‘s developer, publisher and distributor (read: Steam) has been advised that refused classification and unrated games cannot be sold to Australians, it’s interesting to see Final Cut still available. I’m all for ZA/UM giving Australia’s R18+ guidelines the middle finger. Everybody wants the system to change, including the Classification Board, but the Federal Government hasn’t done anything about it yet.

So, for now, we’re stuck with games like Disco Elysium falling through the cracks, both being sold online in an unclassified format in their initial form and then being unreasonably banned when they become popular enough to warrant a retail release.

As the Classification Board recommended, it’s time video games had the same statutory guidelines applied to them as film and TV. We shouldn’t be relying on foreign companies to save us from this weird, bizarre content limbo for video games in 2021. New Zealand makes it work – why can’t we?

Comments

  • Very good, but it is disappointing that it has been pulled by digital console stores. It would have reached a far larger audience if it had been allowed to be sold on the PS store or xbox store.

    I absolutely adore this game, but I am slightly (only very slightly) disappointed that they changed the VAs for some of the characters and re-did some of the lines for returning VAs. Garte’s lines weren’t great in the original, but the new readings come across as a bit forced. Lena’s new VA is by no means bad, but it’s very different to the original. The Limbic system’s lines sound worse than the original as well.

    Cuno may be a bit less grating now, but the new performance lacks the unrestrained shrillness and manical energy you’d find in drugged up kids (and I would know, as I spend some of my work time in an Adult ED next to a paediatric ED – I’m not in paediatrics myself, but you can hear the screaming and holloring of drugged up, psychotic 14 and 15 year old kids eminating from the hallway as they try to take on 4 burly security guards for the upteenth time)

    The new animations are great. I haven’t found any new quests yet.

  • What is that current best/historical low sale info wizardry above the price, and how do I acquire it

  • I had the Vanilla Disco Elysium experience installed through GOG, and looking at my downloads there was a 16gig patch overnight so… yeah. Mandatory upgraded to the ‘Final Cut’ is across both ecoystems.

    Looking in my ‘Extras’ folder in GOG, the only version available for redownloading is also the Final Cut version. Not a good look for the Devs in my book if there isn’t an ingame ‘vanilla’ switch to not have the changed content.

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