The new R18+ rating for Watch Dogs in Australia is due to additional content added after it was delayed in October, Ubisoft has confirmed.
Update: The Australian Classification Board has forwarded CVG the report for the new classification of Watch Dogs, revealing that the new R18+ rating is due to references to sexual violence. The following report contains spoilers.
"Included in the game's storyline are instances of human trafficking which include female non-playing characters being sold at a human auction," the report says. It goes on to detail the scene, which features female nudity and implied violence.
"While the game does not contain actual sexual violence or implied sexual violence that is visually depicted, interactive, not justifed by context or related to incentives or rewards, the Board is of the opinion, having regard to the above, that the game contains post-action visuals related to sexual violence."
In a statement provided to media, Ubisoft has announced that new content has been added, thus leading to the title's reclassification from MA15+ to the higher warning of R18+.
"The entire development team has been working hard to polish and fine tune Watch Dogs in order to deliver a truly memorable open world game," the statement reads.
"In parallel, the extra time also allowed the team to include a bit of additional content. As per Australian classification guidelines, Ubisoft resubmitted the updated version with the added content to the Australian Classification Board (ACB). The decision to amend the rating of the game from MA15+ to R18+ was made by the ACB."
Watch Dogs was originally classified by the Australian Classification Board in September last year, when the open-world title was rated MA15+.
Last week, the board reassessed the title with an R18+ rating and more aggressive content warnings.
Watch Dogs will release May 27 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The Wii U version will follow.