RimWorld is officially banned in Australia, but it probably won’t affect PC
RimWorld is an engaging simulator about overseeing a space colony – it’s a bit like Dwarf Fortress in space. Because of the freedom it offers and the level of detail in the simulation, many really dark things can happen, which is probably why the Australian Classification Board has effectively banned the game.
Stop there though, as RimWorld has been available to Australian buyers on Steam since its early access stint began in late 2013. The reason for the game‘s re-appearance on the Rating Board website appears to be due to Imminent console ports: Double Eleven Limited is the claimant, a studio that has ported things like Rust to console.
A console port hasn’t been announced for RimWorld, but it’s apparently coming, and Australian console players won’t be able to purchase the game unless Ludeon Studios or Double Eleven make some changes. Here’s the beef from the Classification Board, by the way:
Computer game is classified as RC according to the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, 1. (a) as computer games that “depict, express or otherwise deal with issues of sex, addiction or addiction, of crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or heinous phenomena so that they violate the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults so that they should not be classified.”
If you’re an Aussie who already owns RimWorld on PC, the advice won’t take it away from you. But more importantly, this decision is unlikely to lead to the game being delisted: Disco Elysium was also banned prior to its console release in Australia, but remained available on all PC digital storefronts anyway (this ban has eventually canceled).
Anyway, I’ve contacted Double Eleven Studios and will update if I get a response. Kudos to Kotaku for the heads up.