This is why Rockstar makes their appeals…sometimes, they do well. We know they have appealed to the BBFC, riling against the organization's decision to reject an edited version of Manhunt 2 , and it seems their argument will be heard.
According to Eurogamer, the Video Appeals Committee announced its decision to allow the appeal today. The final judgment isn't official, but it seems the Committee has decided in favor of Rockstar by a tally of four votes to three. Could this mean Manhunt 2 will soon sit on store shelves in the UK?
"The BBFC will carefully study the judgement by the Video Appeals Committee when it becomes available," said BBFC director David Cooke, who said the BBFC "played Manhunt 2 for well over 30 hours" before rejecting it. "There are few options open to us – we can go to the High Court to appeal the decision – but we'll be making a further statement when we've seen the full report," BBFC spokesperson Sue Clark said to GamesIndustry.biz.
The BBFC has refused to classify the controversial game due to its focus on explicit and even torturous violence, and Manhunt 2 cannot be available for sale in the UK without a classification. Obviously, if this game is ever to see the light of day, Rockstar needs to get past the appeals process first. The publisher issued the following statement after today's outcome:
"We are committed to making great interactive entertainment, while also marketing our products responsibly and supporting an effective rating system. We are pleased that the decision of the VAC has recognised that Manhunt 2 is well within the bounds established by other 18+ rated entertainment."
Well, that may be a bit premature without the official findings, but it seems UK gamers may soon get the opportunity to purchase Manhunt 2 . We'll let you know when any and all decisions become final.
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