In case you haven’t noticed, one of the bigger indie hits of the year (and one of my personal favourites so far), the slow-mo action FPS Superhot, still hasn’t been released in Australia on Xbox One. Sure, you can get it on Steam, but there are a number of Superhot fans who would much prefer to play it on their big screen TV.
If you happen to be one of those players, here’s some partial good news for you. A recent classification notice appeared on Twitter confirming a local multi-platform M rating (M meaning mature for years 15+):
SUPERHOT, Computer Games, Multi Platform, Rating: M, Author: SUPERHOT SP. Z O.O., Publisher: SUPERHOT SP. Z O.O., Consumer AdviceViolence
— AusVGClassifications (@AusVGClass) July 28, 2016
That seems to be the only thing that has held the game back from a local release on Microsoft’s platform. It’s a possible reflection on how difficult it might be for smaller developers and publishers to have their game rated and available in Australia compared to our fellow Xbox regions. There’s a considerable different in content on the Australian Xbox Live store compared to the US and UK right now, with some obvious games seeing later than expected releases locally (Layers of Fear which just recently received a rating of its own, Shadow Complex: Remastered, Fru) or currently without a release date at all (Letter Quest, early access to The Long Dark, Among the Sleep, Soul Axiom among others).
It’s concerning, but largely more disappointing than anything else. The only way around it, if you so wish, is to change your region on your console. As far as I know, you can still purchase games from that region once it’s selected but you’ll be paying based on the conversation rate to Australian dollars from US or UK currency. But be sure to check first before messing around with your console settings.
Hopefully Superhot will appear on the Australian Xbox Live store sooner than later now that the classification part is out of the way. Keep an eye out on the official Twitter page for any updates. As for the other games listed above, I guess we will just have to wait and see…
Mark Isaacson is the editor of PN2. Go say hi @Mark_D_Isaacson