The Video Appeals Committee upheld Rockstar’s plea on Monday, with a majority of jurors supporting the controversial publisher’s case.
But at the time of going to press, the BBFC was yet to receive the report of the VAC proceedings – and told MCV that it could yet take the case to a judicial review if it finds anything it considers unlawful.
BBFC spokesperson Sue Clark said: “We need to see the judgement papers from the VAC case before we even consider giving Manhunt 2 a rating. If we spot anything problematic, we may decide to take our case to the High Court as a judicial review, which would lead to Manhunt 2’s release being frozen in the UK.
“Our main concern is to ensure a lawful outcome. It needs to be the right decision within the UK’s legal framework – which will be the right decision in the public interest.”
Meanwhile, ELSPA has remained non-committal in its view of the appeal. Director general Paul Jackson told MCV: “For the same reasons we respected the original decision by the BBFC, ELSPA also respects the decision of the VAC. We await the BBFC's next steps with interest.”