Switch owners won’t be receiving Disco Elysium: The Final Cut until this Summer, but there’s already trouble ahead for Australian players. Launching on March 30th for PlayStation and Stadia owners, the Australian government has refused to classify it, which bans it from sale in the country.
They haven’t specified exactly why Disco Elysium’s been refused a rating, and ZA/UM has yet to publicly respond on this. However, considering the core gameplay mechanics prominently include drugs and alcohol, we can take our guesses, and the Australian Classification Board issued this statement:
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.
It’s worth noting that this could potentially be a mistake on the Classification Board’s part. Back in November, Bloober Team’s The Medium was also refused classification in Australia, though in that instance, it was overturned not long before release, and given an R18+ rating.
With the Switch release months away, there’s plenty of time for this decision to be re-reviewed, but PlayStation owners won’t be as lucky. We’ll keep you informed as we receive further details.