Rockstar Responds to BBFC's Decision on Manhunt 2: "A Setback for Video Games"
Earlier today, the BBFC announced its decision to once again deny Manhunt 2 a rating on the basis of its tone. The Board said that the execution-style killings had been made less graphics, but the game‘s morbid tone still made the game undeserving of a rating. Now Rockstar has responded to this decision:
“We are continuing to appeal the British Board of Film Classification’s (BBFC) decision to deny the edited version of Manhunt 2 an 18+ certificate and thereby ban its release in the United Kingdom. The changes necessary in order to publish the game in Britain are unacceptable to us and represent a setback for video games. The BBFC allows adults the freedom to decide for themselves when it comes to horror in movies and we think adults should be similarly allowed to decide for themselves when it comes to horror in video games, such as Manhunt 2.”
You have to admit, when a ratings board says they want you to change the tone of your game, there’s really not much you can do. Unless you make the whole thing pastel-colored and set it to 80′s music…actually, that’d be pretty interesting to see.