When Rockstar's Manhunt 2 initially went before the software ratings boards in multiple regions, the UK's board was one of the first to say, "hell no." The ESRB in the US were ready to slap the dreaded "AO" (Adults Only) on the game, which meant neither Sony or Nintendo would allow the title on their respective consoles. The BBFC in the UK simply refused classification for the game. Hence, Rockstar went back to the editing room to try to tame Manhunt 2 down to the "M" (Mature) rating.
But perhaps their biggest obstacle was always going to be the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification), and today, they have finally cleared that hurdle. According to MCVUK, the Video Appeals Committee has announced that it upheld the High Court decision to challenge the BBFC's refusal to give Manhunt 2 a UK classification. The game will get the "18" certificate, and according to the article, the BBFC has now "given up hope" of vetoing the title's release.
“As I have said previously, we never take rejection decisions lightly, and they always involve a complex balance of considerations," said the BBFC's David Cooke. "We twice rejected Manhunt 2, and then pursued a judicial review challenge, because we considered, after exceptionally thorough examination, that it posed a real potential harm risk. However, the Video Appeals Committee has again exercised its independent scrutiny. It is now clear, in the light of this decision, and our legal advice, that we have no alternative but to issue an ‘18’ certificate to the game.”
Well, they may not be happy about it, but it's gonna happen, anyway. So there you have it, UK gamers: if you want to get your hands on Manhunt 2 , you will be able to do so. The article didn't mention a release date, but we assume that's coming soon.
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