Open-world nostalgia stimulant Retro City Rampage will not be released in Australia on just about every platform it was developed for. Why? "Because ratings are expensive and time consuming", says developer VBlank Entertainment.
Responsible for the local loss of quite a few downloadable titles in the past (turning the DSiWare service into little more than a virtual tumbleweed), it's no secret that the Australian Classification Board's rating fees are fairly absurd compared to the likes of America's ESRB, or UK's PEGI system.
While the game won't be released on XBLA, WiiWare or PlayStation 3's PSN, it will be made available on the Vita. According to VBlank, the PlayStation Vita is classed as a 'mobile' device in Australia. So much like iOS and Android devices, it's somehow exempt from local age ratings.
Retro City Rampage is out right now on PC, by the way. It kind of has been for a few weeks; no silly classification confusion to worry about there. You can grab it on Steam, GOG and probably somewhere else. I don't know.