An interesting anomaly on the Australian Classification Board web site had The Darkness II classified in July and December.
When the July classification occured, the game was still set for an October release, but a version listed as ‘modified’ was classified again in December. Both classifications carry an MA15+ rating.
The July classification included the consumer advice ‘Strong horror violence, blood and gore and coarse language’, while the December classification also included advice for ‘sex scenes’.
A 2K spokesperson has confirmed that in between the submission to the ACB in July and a new build of the game from later in the year, a new sex scene was included which was then voluntarily resubmitted for classification in case it changed the rating.
The scene passed the ACB with no edits required, so while the December classification is listed as ‘modified’, it was simply changed to include more content, not less.
While it appears unusual on the ACB web site, it can happen that games which are still a work in progress (particularly ones which are classified 7 months before release due to delays or some other reason) will have changes made which can affect the classification. The Darkness II is just one example, however there have been no cuts or edits of any kind to the game for it to pass at MA15+.
The Darkness II, the Digital Extremes follow up to Starbreeze Studios’ 2007 original game, is set for release on 360 and PS3 on 10th February.
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