Australia recently inducted an R18+ rating this year, finally allowing games like Mortal Kombat and Left 4 Dead able to buy in that continent. But Saints Row IV looks to be having trouble to get a rating even.
The Australian Classification Board acting director Donald McDonald announced its refusal today, marking the first computer game in the continent to be refused classification. The board recieved the application in May, they concluded that it “includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context.” and the use of “illicit or proscribed drug use” as an incentive.
Deep Silver followed up with a statement earlier today on behalf of Volition:
“Deep Silver can confirm that Saints Row 4 was denied an age classification in Australia, Volition, the developer, are reworking some of the code to create a version of the game for this territory by removing the content which could cause offence without reducing the outlandish gameplay that Saints Row fans know and love. Saints Row 4 has been awarded PEGI 18 and ESRB M ratings where fans can enjoy their time in Steelport as originally intended.”
Kind of a bummer if this doesn’t end up coming to Australia after instating a new rating for more mature games. Hopefully Volition will be able to make a version that works.