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British Hate Manhunt 2; Possibly Banned From Retail

A big hit for Take Two Interactive and Rockstar today as the British Board of Film Classification in the United Kingdom have seen fit to forbid the upcoming slasher game Manhunt 2 from crossing their shores. Well not exactly, but they did reject the opportunity to give it a rating, which means that the game may not be able to be legally supplied anywhere in the country. It’s not dead in the water yet though as governmental intervention could still save T2’s butt and get it in stores.

BBFC's director David Cooke said to UK game site MCV, "Rejecting a work is a very serious action and one which we do not take lightly. Where possible we try to consider cuts or, in the case of games, modifications which remove the material which contravenes the Board's published Guidelines."

Furthering T2’s migraine this morning is a United States videogame watchdog group that is demanding that Manhunt 2 receive an AO rating (Adults Only) for the Wii version. This severe of a rating has often times proved disastrous for a game’s sales numbers because mega-retailers like Gamestop and Best Buy have a strict policy against carrying products marked for Adults Only.

Isn’t it great what happens when ignorance clashes with the changing times? What I want to know is how exactly this watchdog group got their hands on an early release copy of Manhunt 2 in order to say it deserves and AO rating? In all likely hood they didn’t and are simply assuming. Making assumptions is horribly impolite when it can cost people millions of dollars.

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