In June, Saints Row IV was denied a rating by the Australian Classification board of video games. Then in July, Deep Silver submitted the game again on request and met with another rejection. The publisher has now announced that Saints Row IV has been finally given a green light and with it a MA15+ rating.
Seems a bit strange doesn’t it? The game which was denied twice gets a mere MA15+ rating in the end. Whatever happened to the new R18+ category they introduced earlier in the year?
As things are, the censored Australian version of Saints Row IV will not include a 20 minute sequence where Shaundi takes “alien narcotics” to acquire “superpowers”.
For a game which includes a ton of sexual depictions with toys, weapons, and God knows what; the Australian classification board had only problems with a scene which shows the usage of “alien narcotics”. It’s kind of funny if you think on it.
Here’s what Deep Silver/Volition say about that: “The removal of this mission has no negative impact on the story or the superpowers and will not detract from the enjoyment players will get from their Saints Row IV experience.
The rectifier weapon will be available as part of a DLC package as originally intended. Deep Silver stands by this decision and thanks the Australian Classification Board for their assistance with this matter.”
Saints Row IV is on cue for release on August 20 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Australia.