After temporarily suspending
release of the AO-rated game back in June, Rockstar Games today announced a modified, M-rated version of Manhunt 2
will be release for the PS2, PSP and Wii on Oct. 31, 2007. "Manhunt 2
is important to us, and we're glad it can finally be appreciated as a gaming experience," Rockstar founder and president Sam Houser, said in a press release
. "Manhunt 2
is a powerful piece of interactive story telling that is a unique video game experience. We think horror fans will love it."
The original Adults Only rating
was a kiss of death for the game, leading to self-imposed bans from console makers
and rental houses
. It's still unclear exactly what modifications were necessary to achieve the lower rating and what effect the modifications will have on on Manhunt 2
bans in England
and other countries
Whatever effect the controversy had on the game's content, you can bet that all the drama will have a positive effect on the game's sales
. Remember, 2 Live Crew's As Nasty As They Wanna Be
sold over two million copies despite being patently awful, all thanks to the magic of controversy.