Rockstar’s upcoming Manhunt 2 won’t be sold in the U.K., according to a report in MCV.
Citing “unrelenting focus on stalking and brutal slaying,” the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has refused to rate the ultra-violent sequel, effectively banning it from U.K. shores. Said BBFC exec David Cooke:
Rejecting a work is a very serious action and one which we do not take lightly… Manhunt 2 is distinguishable from recent high-end video games by its unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone in an overall game context which constantly encourages visceral killing with exceptionally little alleviation or distancing.
There is sustained and cumulative casual sadism in the way in which these killings are committed, and encouraged, in the game…
Against this background, the Board’s carefully considered view is that to issue a certificate to Manhunt 2, on either platform, would involve a range of unjustifiable harm risks, to both adults and minors, within the terms of the Video Recordings Act, and accordingly that its availability, even if statutorily confined to adults, would be unacceptable to the public.
MCV notes that the only other game to be refused classification was 1997’s Carmageddon. That decision, however, was overturned on appeal.