Disco Elysium, an otherwise outstanding game, is getting an expanded re-re-release, which got stuck at the Australian Government’s Classification Board.
Disco Elysium is in a bit of a tricky situation. The base version is available on PC without a problem, as it didn’t get a console version so the Australian players could easily access it via Steam, as it did not require a rating process. However, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut will be available on consoles, too, which is why the Australian Government’s Classification Board inspected ZA/UM‘s game… and then refused to classify it.
Therefore, the game has an RC or Refused Classification status. The filing for it cites depictions of drug use, addiction, crime, cruelty, and violence as reasons why the board didn’t give it an age rating. Sure, Disco Elysium’s plot does concern drug use and addiction, plus our character is an alcoholic, which also plays a role in the story. But these elements are also in the base version of the game, and The Final Cut is a standalone re-release, which is why the legality of the original on Steam might be questioned in the country. Hotline Miami 2 is another one of those „banned” games, meaning it’s not available in Australia. Previously, The Medium was also refused entry, but there were issues with the submission process, so Bloober Team’s game became available in the country after all.
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut has a bit of time to sort the issues out, but ZA/UM now has to race against the clock, as the plot (which got full voice acting), as well as the political charge for it (which got cranked even higher than in the base game), will launch on March 30 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia for some reason. The Xbox Series and the Xbox One will get it in the summer months.
Those who already have Disco Elysium on PC will get a free upgrade to The Final Cut, which is a consumer-friendly move.