Refused-Classification.com reports that Koch Media’s medieval role-playing game Risen has been Refused Classification by the Australian Classification Board, making it the third game to banned in 2009. It was due for release October 2nd.
According to the Wikipedia entry, the game centres around a protagonist shipwrecked after a storm on Faranga, an island home to an active volcano. Ancient temple ruins have recently risen from the ground, and bizarre creatures infest the island. Added to the situation, the Inquisition forbids anyone to exit the city of the island.
Sounds interesting, but here’s what probably caught the attention of the ACB. R-C writes:
The ESRB describe the sex and drug content as follows.
“During the course of the game, players can interact with prostitutes (referred to as “whores” in the game) at a local brothel. Players can trigger a lengthy dialogue to engage in their services; sexual activity is strongly implied, but never depicted on screen”
Many of the characters in the game smoke a fictional drug called “brugleweed.” The “wood reefer” plant is described as having a mild relaxing effect on users, and can be bought, sold, and used by players.
Sex, drugs and one hell of an out of touch classification system. Rock on.