Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is a 2021 role playing game by ZA/UM
A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the computer game, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, is classified R 18+
(Restricted) with the consumer advice High impact themes, coarse language, and drug references.
In the Classification Review Board's opinion Disco Elysium: The Final Cut warrants an R 18+ classification because the themes, coarse
language and drug references have a high impact. The overall impact of the classifiable elements in the game was high. The Review Board also considered the appeal of the game to be skewed to an adult audience.
In the Review
Board's opinion, while drug use linked to incentives and rewards cannot be accommodated at R 18+, this game does provide disincentives related to drug-taking behaviour, to the point where regular drug use leads to negative consequences for the player's
progression in the game. It was, specifically, the disincentives for drug use that influenced the Review Board in making their decision. Drug use is not explicitly depicted within the game. The game contains frequent strong coarse language, often used
aggressively, which has a high impact. The themes within the game are related to a detective investigating a murder while also attempting to manage his own alcohol addiction, and getting his life back together after his substance abuse. The themes and
drug references within the game are inextricably linked.
The Review Board convened on 11 May 2021 in response to an application from the original applicant, Zaum Studio OU, to review the decision made by the Classification Board
on 18 March 2021 to classify Disco Elysium204The Final Cut RC (Refused Classification).
The Review Board is an independent merits review body. It makes a fresh classification decision upon receipt of an application for review.
This Review Board decision takes the place of the original decision made by the Classification Board.