Manhunt 2 release authorised in EU country

Rockstar’s Manhunt 2 may soon enjoy a bone fide release in Europe – albeit only in Holland.

The Dutch Ministry has declined to intervene in the title’s path to retail in the territory – as it would conflict with current Netherlands law.

According to the Associated Press, it will still be possible to prosecute people who distribute the game to those under 16-years-old, but no such case has yet been tried in the country.

In a letter to Parliament, Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin said:

‘The current law is based on the principle that every adult is considered capable of deciding for himself which games he wants to play, unless it contains illegal material.’

Deciding on whether children should be allowed to play a game is currently ‘the joint responsibility of parents, the audiovisual industry and the government,’ he continued.

He said that his ministry was now examining whether new laws or policies were needed ‘to better protect the youth’.

Hirsch Ballin also pleaded for a unified EU standard for video game ratings.

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