Australians can now legally purchase RimWorld once again, with the Australian Classification Board dropping its initial rating of “Rating Denied” following a review of the app.
The space colony simulator has been happy on Australian Steam since its Early Access launch in 2013, but upcoming console ports seemed to be the reason for its appearance on the Classification Board website. It was classification refused in February, on the grounds that the game deals with “matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence, or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way as to offend generally accepted standards of morality, decency, and decorum.” by reasonable adults.”
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the board review the app, which helped to overturn bans on games like Disco Elysium in the past. RimWorld creator Tynan Sylvester said he was “optimistic” for a positive outcome, and it seems he had every right to be.
Good news! RimWorld is now rated and legal to buy again in Australia. We’ll get it back on Steam soon. Thanks to everyone who gave their support. https://t.co/KBRR9sySp4April 20, 2022
RimWorld has now been rated R 18+ in Australia, the highest rating that can be given. The board regarding drug use in the game as having “a high impact”, but determined that “the game mechanics ended up providing disincentives related to drug-taking behavior, to the point where regular drug use leads to negative consequences such as overdose, addiction and abstinence.” He also points out how drug use is “portrayed from a distance from a top-down perspective, in a highly stylized and simplified way”.
ONE news post on the game’s Steam page said, “We’ve gathered a lot of useful evidence and had a great legal team to help us out. Our community has also been amazing and has helped us out by providing examples of games on Steam that have had similar cases to us such as Disco Elysium and Fallout. The review ended with a happy ending.”