The Medium is the following psychological horror sport from Bloober Crew, the studio answerable for Layers of Concern, Observer, and the current Blair Witch adaptation. However it might not launch in Australia: a ruling on the Classification Board web site (first noticed by Kotaku) signifies it has been refused classification.
‘Refused classification’ means the sport is successfully banned in Australia, attributable to breaking some (but to be specified) rule. Most just lately, it emerged that Wasteland 3 was almost banned in Australia for breaking a clause associated to a supposedly indecent depiction of drug use.
As for why The Medium has been refused classification: we do not know. I’ve reached out to the board for the rationale, however because it was rated by the IARC (Worldwide Age Ranking Coalition) reasonably than the board itself, the problem may very well be so simple as an information entry error. IARC submissions are performed via questionnaire “programmed with distinctive algorithms that assign rankings for every of the collaborating ranking authorities which mirror their very own distinct native requirements in regards to the age appropriateness of assorted content material featured within the app.”
Additionally, it is not unusual for a refused classification ruling to come back good. Some studios modify their video games to evolve to the legal guidelines, whether or not globally or regionally. Regardless of the case, you can still pre-order The Medium on Steam on the time of writing. The sport is scheduled to launch on December 10.
I’ve reached out to the Classification Board for the rationale behind the choice, and can replace this story after I hear again.