RimWorld is officially banned in Australia, but it probably won’t affect PC players


RimWorld is an immersive space colony management sim – it’s kind of like a Dwarf Fortress in space. Because of the freedom it provides and how detailed the simulation is, a lot of really dark things can happen, which is probably why the Australian Classification Board effectively banned the game.

RimWorld has been available to Australian customers on Steam since Early Access began in late 2013. The reason for the game’s reappearance on the commission’s website seems to be due to the inevitable console ports: The applicant is Double Eleven Limited, the studio that ported games like Rust to consoles.

A console port for RimWorld hasn’t been announced, but apparently one is coming and Australian console gamers won’t be able to buy the game unless Ludeon Studios or Double Eleven make some changes. Here, by the way, reason for refusal of the Classification Commission:

A computer game is classified as an RC under the National Classification Code, Computer Game Table, 1. (a) as computer games that “depict, express, or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug abuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence, or heinous or vile phenomena in such a way that they violate the norms of morality, decency and decency accepted by reasonable adults to such an extent that they should not be classified.

If you are an Australian who already has RimWorld on PC, the commission is not going to take it away from you. But more importantly, this decision is unlikely to result in the game being delisted: Disco Elysium was also banned ahead of the console’s release in Australia, but remained available on all PC digital stores anyway (this ban was eventually lifted).

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