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Australia lifts ban on Disco Elysium: The Final Cut on appeal

Disco Elysium
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Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is finally allowed to go on sale in Australia with an 18+ age classification.

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut was originally refused classification in Australia (opens in new tab) a couple of months back. The decision meant that unless developer ZA/UM censors or made changes to Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, the game was not be permitted to go on sale because the game deals with "matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults".

Now, however, the Review Board claims that the game offers "sufficient disincentives to drug use to enable it to be accommodated within the R 18+ classification".

"In the Review Board's opinion," the website (opens in new tab) says, "this game provides disincentives related to drug-taking behavior, to the point where regular drug use leads to negative consequences for the player's progression in the game. The game mechanic is designed to disincentivize and penalize increased consumption of drugs."

ICYMI, Disco Elysium is so popular right now it's getting its own TV series. The Disco Elysium TV show (opens in new tab) will be made by the same people who made the game, as developer ZA/UM has partnered with production company dj2 Entertainment to develop the series. 

“We’re so gratified at the response ‘Disco Elysium’ has received, and very happy to be teaming with dj2 to expand the franchise for other media and new audiences,” said Helen Hindpere, lead writer of ZA/UM.

If you want to learn about the game's origins and inspirations, check out this chat with developer ZA/UM (opens in new tab)

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Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.