RimWorld gets a chance to reverse its Australian ban

The Australian Classification Board has agreed to review its decision to ban the sale of RimWorld.

RimWorld, developer Ludeon Studios’ widely acclaimed sci-fi colony sim, was denied rating in Australia last month, preventing its release and effectively banning it from sale.

As Matt posited at the time, it wasn’t a particularly surprising decision, given that the Australian Classification Board is notoriously sensitive to certain issues in games, and RimWorld is, after all, a sim whose incredibly deep systems make drug-fueled cannibalism a perfectly legitimate pastime for colonists.

It was a bit confusing, however, as RimWorld had been available on PC in Australia for almost five years by the time the ban went into effect.

Now, however, it looks like Australia is at least ready to reconsider its original decision. RimWorld creator Tynan Sylvester took to Twitter to announce the news, saying: “Good news! The Australian Classification Board [is] will review their decision which prohibited RimWorld from selling in Australia.

“We have some lawyers and surveyors helping us, so I’m optimistic. Thank you everyone for your support on this matter,” added Sylvester (thanks, NME).

The meeting is scheduled for April 20, after which the board says it will review its “decisions and reasons” online for all of us.

RimWorld is far from the first title to have been banned by the Australia Classification Board. In recent years, DayZ has been given an RC rating – a move that eventually led to developer Bohemia Interactive opting to remove drug references from the game worldwide – and similarly became We Happy Few and Disco Elysium banned after taking offense at their depictions of drug use. However, in the latter two cases, the RC ratings were eventually overturned. It remains to be seen whether RimWorld can lodge a similarly successful legal remedy.

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