Saints Row IV Banned in Australia

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Way back in 2011, Japan censored a portion of Volition’s Saints Row the Third. Why? Because of wiggly dildo bats. But today, news broke that Australia is basically putting the kibosh on the entirety of Saints Row IV, denying it a rating that would be necessary to be sold in the country’s stores.

According to a post on CVG, Saints Row 4 is, in fact, the first game to be denied a rating under the nation’s recently revised ratings rules. The Classification Board said of the ratings denial:

“In the Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context. 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.”

Interestingly, the ratings system in Australia has an adults-only rating—R18+—for games that would seem to push the boundaries of “good taste.” The post notes that the board’s acting director, Donald McDonald (which, if I may, is the greatest name in history) said that the board has classified 17 games under the R 18+ rating since revising the system in January of this year.

The game’s publisher, Deep Silver, says that Volition is “reworking some of the code to create a version of the game for this territory by removing content which could cause offense without reducing the outlandish gameplay that Saints Row fans know and love.”

It’s Mortal Kombat with sweat all over again, you guys.

[Via CVG]

  1. I wonder how this will effect New Zealand? Sometimes were effected by Australias decisions. For example when the last gta came out we got an edited version. As Australia didnt have an R18 sticker back then. Even thoe we did. We were originaly effected by them. Think someone imported the uncencered version in the end.

    So if anyone reading knows more on this subject please chip in. As id like to know

  2. You see.

    It doesn’t matter how much you exercise your democratic political right to push ‘common sense’ legal changes on the OFLC, there’s still a bunch of wankers on that board that don’t represent us (adult gamers) passing judgement.

  3. Oh what the fuck… my country is just getting stupider everyday…

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