Disco Elysium: A Final Cut Has Been Approved To Play on Game Consoles in Australia

Disco Elysium: A Final Cut has finally been rated for console release in Australia, after originally being banned.
ZA/UM’s hit expanded edition was rejected by the Australian Classification Board back in March 2021. However, the decision is now under review by the Classification Review Board.
According to Kotaku Australia, the decision regarding the game’s rated R18+ status has been reversed, meaning that the game will only be allowed for adults.
Initially, Disco Elysium was rejected due to its themes, mature language and references to drugs. However, the board wrote in the document explaining their decision that the game presents a nuanced portrayal of the subject matter that is tailored to a mature audience.
Despite the short-term benefits, drugs ultimately have negative long-term effects, which is why the board ultimately approved the game.
“While drug use linked to incentives and rewards cannot be accommodated at R18+, this game does provide disincentives for drug-taking behavior, to the point where regular use of drugs causes negative consequences for the player’s prog. It was, specifically, the disincentives for drug use that influenced the Review Board in making their decision,” the board stated.
A PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 release of Disco Elysium: The Final Cut was originally scheduled for March 30th, 2021, in Australia, with a Switch and Xbox One release expected later in the year. It is unclear at this point when the title will release in Australia.
Previously a journalist, PR specialist, and senior game designer at Wargaming, Leigh Harris shared how the classification had been rejected because of Australia’s long-standing problem with alcohol.


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