Following the announcement yesterday by the BBFC that Manhunt 2 has being banned from sale in UK stores, Rockstar today commented on the outcome.
In a press statement, the company said:
"We are disappointed with the recent decision by the British Board of Film Classification to refuse classification of Manhunt 2. While we respect the authority of the classification board and will abide by the rules, we emphatically disagree with this particular decision.
"Manhunt 2 is an entertainment experience for fans of psychological thrillers and horror. The subject matter of this game is in line with other mainstream entertainment choices for adult consumers.
"We respect those who have different opinions about the horror genre and video games as a whole, but we hope they will also consider the opinions of the adult gamers for whom this product is intended. We believe all products should be rated to allow the public to make informed choices about the media and art they wish to consume. The stories in modern video games are as diverse as the stories in books, film and television. The adult consumers who would play this game fully understand that it is fictional interactive entertainment and nothing more."
Meanwhile over in America US rating company ESRB have given the title an AO (Adult Only) rating which means access to the game will be limited due to many chain stores refusing to sell titles falling into this range.
After the Hot Coffee incident with GTA San Andreas last year, this title was remarked as AO until the content removed and meant many stores were left unable to sell the popular title also published by Rockstar.
Rockstar have six weeks to appeal in the UK for a decision to be overturned and we'll keep you updated.