The seemingly never-ending fight to get Manhunt 2
onto British shelves might be coming to an end. As reported by Eurogamer,
the Honourable (and aptly named) Judge Justice Mitting said the Video Appeals Committee made "a clear error of law" when they decided 4-3
that Manhunt should be granted a classification by the BBFC.
Rockstar, unsurprisingly, was not happy with the decision, saying in a statement
that they "do not understand the court's decision to expend further public resources to censor a game that contains content well within the bounds established by the British Board of Film Classification's18-plus ratings certification."
The game's chances aren't quite dead yet. The judge gave the VAC two weeks to review their decision with an eye towards "potential harm" rather than just "actual harm," as Eurogamer put it.
For those who might not remember, the game was banned
by the BBFC, appealed
for by Rockstar, banned again
, appealed again
), and then counter-appealed
up to the British high court in December.