Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Denied Classification By ACB

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Update: Rockstar Games was finally able to get ACB classification for RDR 2 PC. The game might soon be announced for PC.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC is spotted yet again. If you dig around the Australian Rating Board website you’ll see that Rockstar Games filed for classification on August 20th. The Classification is denied for unknown reasons but presumably, this isn’t the first time the game got denied in Australia.

Previously, Rockstar Games filed for classification for a game called “Bonaire.” At the time it was refused classification because there is no game called “Bonaire.” IARC (International  Age Rating Coalition) filed for classification on behalf of Rockstar Games. Many assumed this is a new IP but since there is no game under this name, according to ACB, it is speculated that Rockstar Games was using “Bonaire” as a code name for Red Dead Redemption 2 PC.

If we look at how Rockstar Games operates, it isn’t hard to figure out that this filing is for a new platform. With the release of Grand Theft Auto 5, each platform had its own separate classification filed by Rockstar.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is already classified on PS4 and Xbox One. The only platforms that are left are PC and Nintendo Switch. And for each of those platforms, Rockstar and Take-Two would file separate classifications. Of course, PC is more likely to get RDR2 than Nintendo Switch due to hardware constraints on Nintendo’s platform.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Exists

At this point, we should probably stop playing this game and admit this is happening. There is no way Rockstar and Take-Two are going to miss the opportunity to cash-in on RDR 2 and Red Dead Online on PC. This is a huge market for Take-Two Interactive.

The mention of Red Dead Redemption 2 came up multiple times in the recent past. Rockstar Games’ social club source code leaked the PC earlier this year. “Red Dead Redemption 2 PC_Achivements” were mentioned in the source code of the social hub.

This is just one instance where the game came up, there are many others and all point to one conclusion, Rockstar is working on the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Why Red Dead Redemption 2 Got Denied By Australian Classification Board?

There are multiple reasons why games, films, don’t get classified in Australia. Here’s a rundown of possible reasons why Red Dead Redemption 2 failed to get the rating.

  • It exceeds the X 18+ & R18+ ratings
  • Detailed instruction or promotion of criminal activity and violence
  • Promotion or Provision of pedophile activity
  • Descriptions and/or depictions of child sexual abuse or any other exploitative or offensive descriptions or depictions involving a person who is, or appears to be, under 18 years of age
  • A very high degree of impact violence or which are excessively frequent, prolonged and/or detailed
  • Sexual violence
  • Cruelty or real violence of a very detailed nature or is extremely high impact
  • Depictions of bestiality, necrophilia or other practices that are considered revolting or abhorrent
  • Fetishes or practices that are offensive and/or abhorrent
  • Incest fantasies or other fantasies that are offensive and/or abhorrent

If we look at the reasons why ACB denies classifications, it isn’t hard to figure out the reason why RDR2 is denied. It has incest, sexual depictions, impact violence, etc. However, any of that shouldn’t be an issue at this point because the title is already classified on Xbox One and PS4; so it is odd to see Red Dead Redemption 2 PC not approved by Australian Classification Board.