Published on June 25th, 2013 | by Cameron Woolsey
Saints Row IV Gets Refused Classification in Australia
Saints Row IV was classified as “RC (Refused Classification)” in Australia, barring its release in the country.
It was the first game to be given the rating since Australia’s R18+ rating system, the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games, was implemented earlier in the year.
The statement offered by the Australia Classification Board reads, “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.”
In a message to Joystiq, publisher Deep Silver responded by saying that developer Volition is working on removing the offensive content, “without reducing the outlandish gameplay that Saints Row fans know and love.”
This is unfortunate for Australian gamers who have been looking forward to the wacky hijinks associated with the Saints Row franchise. I don’t know what type of person I’d be if I wasn’t able to beat an old lady down in the street with a dildo sword.
In all seriousness though, it’s sad to see a game getting stripped of some elements that make it enjoyable, especially a game franchises like Saints Row, where players are given a sandbox full of toys to do whatever they want — and no one likes it when people start taking the toys away.
But there is a chance of a silver lining. Grand Theft Auto IV got stripped down before it released in Australia, but the content was later re-inserted via downloadable patch at a later date. Will this happen with Saints Row IV? It’s too early to tell at this juncture. However, it does offer some hope.
Source: ACB Statement