Ludeon Studios has confirmed that RimWorld is again on Steam in Australia after the developer efficiently appealed the game’s ban within the nation.
The studio introduced the game’s return in a blog post revealed yesterday (April 21), after the Australian Classification Board gave RimWorld a ranking of “Refused Classification” in March, which eliminated it from Steam within the nation.
Then in early April the board mentioned it will be assembly to debate the ranking, which has now been overturned. On April 20 developer Tynan Sylvester requested followers on Twitter about “examples of games which are rated by the Australian Board which include drug use, especially connected to player incentives?” in an effort to bolster the studio’s case to reinstate the game, and it seems to have labored.
Good information! RimWorld is now rated and authorized to purchase once more in Australia.
We’ll have it again up on Steam quickly.
Thanks to everybody who lent their assist.https://t.co/KBRR9sySp4
— Tynan Sylvester (@TynanSylvester) April 20, 2022
The Classification Board confirmed on April 20 that RimWorld now has an R 18+ ranking in Australia as a result of “themes and drug use [having] a excessive affect.
“The game includes fantasy drug use, but in the Review Board’s opinion, the game mechanic ultimately provides disincentives related to drug-taking behaviour, to the point where regular drug use leads to negative consequences such as overdose, addiction, and withdrawal,” added the board.
“The game also contains high impact themes that are justified by the context of colonists surviving in an inhospitable fantasy world.”
Originally, the ranking meant that RimWorld couldn’t be offered in Australia after the developer aimed to get the game a console launch.
After RimWorld was reinstituted to Australia’s Steam platform, Ludeon Studios provided “a big thanks to everyone for your support, that was a wild couple of months!”
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