Volition’s Saints Row IV has been banned in Australia after their classification board decided the game was just too violent and sexual to be allowed a release.
“In the Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context,” reads a statement by Australia’s ratings body. “In addition, the game includes elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards. Such depictions are prohibited by the computer games guidelines.”
Publisher Deep Silver is now working on making alterations to the game, removing the ‘offending’ content and hoping that the classification board will allow a release afterwards.
“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,” said Deep Silver in a statement. “Saints Row IV has been awarded PEGI 18 and ESRB M ratings where fans can enjoy their time in Steelport as originally intended.”
It’s no news that Australia is one of the few countries who are really strict when it comes to video games. However, the classification board underwent new policy changes this year; creating a new adult category for video games.
It’s bizarre to know that Saints Row IV failed to even meet the guidelines set by that adult category.
Saints Row IV will release on August 20 in North America and August 23 in Europe for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.