Disco Elysium: The Final Cut has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board. The ban comes a little over a week ahead of the game’s March 30th release date. Refusal to give the game a classification — a rating from G to R18+ — effectively bans the game from sale here.
The ruling was handed down yesterday and can be found on the Australian Classification Board’s website. It reads:
“The computer game is classified RC … as computer games that “depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”
Disco Elysium has been available on Steam for Windows PC since it launched on October 15, 2019. Its launch on March 30 was to be its first boxed, retail release and its first appearance on home consoles.
Don’t fret, though: it’s possible that Disco Elysium was refused classification in error. Back in October, Bloober Team’s The Medium was incorrectly submitted to the Australian Classification Board and was refused classification. That RC ruling was later overturned upon a successful resubmission.
Unfortunately, even if the Refused Classification ruling is overturned, it’s doubtful that Disco Elysium: The Final Cut will make its launch date. We’ll keep you updated as the story evolves.