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Australia’s IARC ratings board is rather infamous for banning video games due to violence, sexual content, and other so called perceived evils which is ironic but the latest ban hammer strike is noticeable because the title hasn’t been announced.

This isn’t the first time that Rockstar has had one of their games being refused classification; the original Manhunt was refused classification in Australia back in 2004. This means that whatever Bonaire is won’t be allowed in Australia as is but it isn’t the final nail in the coffin as Bonaire will be available in Australia at some point.

As for the codename of Bonaire, it isn’t indicative of whatever type of game it is. Red Dead Redemption 2 had the codenamed of Fiyaro, Grand Theft Auto V had the codename of Rush and Shetland Pony was the codename of the PC version of GTA V. None of these games had nothing to do with their original designations.

Lastly, as for what Bonaire is. Classification tends to happen very late in development so the title in question would be announced by now so it either ends up being a paid DLC or a port of something that’s already been released. Which game has released? Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s somewhat safe to cross Grand Theft Auto 6 off the list given the comments Dan Houser said to IGN way back in the day so it could very well be Red Dead Redemption 2’s PC port or a story-focused DLC as there’s a lot of money to still be made with Red Dead Redemption 2 or it could be Bully II. Reason why it could be a Red Dead 2 story-focused DLC is that Bonaire is an island in the southern Caribbean that lies off the coast of Venezula and it is mentioned that Sadie Adler moves to South America and wants to live there and this would suggest that Bonaire is some sort of content for Red Dead 2.

In the end, your guess is as good as mine. Whatever it is, we’ll likely find out in these next couple of months.

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