“Mary Skelter 2” cleared for release in Australia fully uncensored
Game publisher Idea Factory has confirmed that their upcoming dungeon crawler title Mary Skelter 2 has been cleared for release in Australia by government’s Classification Board. The game was refused classification- effectively banned – last fall. The best part? According to Idea Factory, nothing in the game had to be altered or censored during the appeal process.
Developed by Compile Heart, Mary Skelter 2 is a dungeon crawler in which players traverse a variety of jail environments assisted by characters known as “Blood Maidens”, who each have their own unique blood ability. As these characters are progressively covered in blood, this triggers “Massacre Mode” in which rewards higher stats and extra abilities. When your character takes too much damage is taken, they enter “Blood Skelter” state, which causes them to attack not just enemies, but allies, as well. It also reduces the character’s clothing to a skimpier outfit.
When it comes to banning video games, Australia is one of the more censorious governments in the Anglosphere. The Australian government has refused classification to (i.e. banned) several games which are freely available everywhere else, including DayZ, Outlast 2, Genital Jousting, Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni, and later releases of Hotline Miami and We Happy Few.
Mary Skelter 2 is currently available for both Nintendo Switch and PS4. The game has been given a Cero D rating in Japan, M for Mature in America, and a Pegi 18+ in Europe. The first game in the series, Mary Skelter: Nightmares, was successfully released in Australia two years ago, with an R18 rating.
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