Saints Row IV already banned in Australia

saintsrow4-4Australia may have a new ratings system that allows for the sale of adult video games in the country now, but they still seem to want to wave around the ban bat against games they particularly have issues with. The latest victim of the country’s awkward and confusing rating systems is Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV is the first title to receive a Refused Classification rating from the country, outright banning it. The reasons for this rating, according to an official report, include, “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.” By comparison, Saints Row the Third received a MA 15+ rating.

Deep Silver and Volition are already aware of the decision, and Volition is already working on tweaking the game to make it more acceptable by Australia’s standards, while still keeping the insanity and over-the-top gameplay that’s made the series into what it is today. The game has already received PEGI 18 and ESRB M ratings, allowing players in those regions to play the game untouched.

Some of us at the NR crew got to play the game during our E3 adventures, and it’s definitely a lot of fun, combining solid gameplay with crazy weaponry and even crazier scenarios. Here’s hoping that they don’t gut it too badly to satisfy Australia’s picky ratings board. Saints Row IV is due out this coming August everywhere else.

 

Source: GamesIndustry

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