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.”