Following news that the game was rejected classification in the land down under, we’ve learned RimWorld got removed from Steam in Australia.
The game was recently refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it from being sold on gaming consoles as its console ports leaked at the same time. At the time, everyone thought the PC version would remain unaffected, including developer Ludeon Studios.
“We did not expect this to affect the Steam version because in previous similar cases, as with Disco Elysium for example, an RC rating on a console version did not affect the availability of the PC version on Steam,” the developer said in a news post.
Australian users that purchased RimWorld at any point from its debut way back in 2013 (when this website was founded, haha) can still access the game. New buyers, however, will have to buy the game directly from the official RimWorld website.
RimWorld was rejected classification for “matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena” that “offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults”.
Other games that were also rejected from the Australian Classification Board include Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Wasteland 3, Mary Skelter 2, and the aforementioned Disco Elysium – The Final Cut, however they remain for sale on PC/Steam, as mentioned. RimWorld’s Ideology and Royalty expansions are also still available in Australia.
“I’m sorry this news was so sudden and for anyone who is frustrated by this”, Ludeon Studios said. “We are working to resolve this situation and make RimWorld available to everyone again as soon as possible, but we don’t yet know what that might require or how long it may take.”