Australians can now legally buy RimWorld again, with the Australian Classification Board overturning its original “denied classification” rating following a review of the application.
The space colony sim has been happily on Steam in Australia since it launched in Early Access in 2013, but an upcoming console port appears to be the reason it’s on the Classification Board website. It was rejected for classification in February because the game deals with “sex, substance abuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or objectionable or repugnant phenomena that violate the manners generally accepted by moral, decent and reasonable adults. ”
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the board would review the application, which helped overturn past bans on games like Disco Elysium. RimWorld creator Tynan Sylvester has said he is “optimistic” about a positive outcome, and it appears he has every right to do so.
good news! RimWorld is now rated and legal to buy again in Australia. We’ll be backing it up on Steam soon. Thanks to everyone who gave support. https://t.co/KBRR9sySp4April 20, 2022
RimWorld is now classified as R 18+ in Australia, the highest rating that can be given.Board of Directors mentioned Drug use in games has a “large impact,” but determined that “game mechanics ultimately provide inhibitory factors associated with drug use behaviors such that regular drug use can lead to negative consequences such as overdose, addiction, and withdrawal.” It also noted It explains how drug use is “depicted at a distance from a top-down perspective in a highly stylized, simplified form”.
A sort of news post On the game’s Steam page, it reads: “We have collected a lot of useful evidence and have a strong legal team to help us. Our community is also amazing, and by providing examples of games on Steam that have similar cases to ours Come help us, like Disco Elysium and Fallout. The review ends with a happy ending.