Saturday, August 3, 2013
Saints Row IV rated in Australia, at last

Saints Row IV rated in Australia, at last

After it was refused rating once and then twice, Saints Row IV finally gets rated in Australia. It received a rating of MA15+.

The whole problem was a single side-mission, which was removed in order to meet classification guidelines. The cause for the rating refusal was that the mission involved “alien narcotics”  that improved super-powers temporarily. Yes, that was the problem. The anal probe will still make an appearance, though as DLC, later on.

A statement provided by publisher Deep Silver reads:

“To achieve this rating one loyalty mission featuring the character Shaundi has been removed. This mission has been widely reported on and contains the use of alien narcotics to obtain certain superpowers. This mission represents approximately 20 minutes of gameplay out of the hours available to purchasers. 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.”

Games like State of Decay and Fallout 3 have successfully passed classification, by changing the names of the items in order to meet the guidelines. However, Volition chose to remove the mission altogether. The game is still coming out August 23, on Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Any Australians here, picking this up?

About Christos Chatzisavvas

Gaming lover, web developing graduate, founder and developer at Starblind Entertainment. Keep your eye out for news, reviews, previews and opinion articles, as well as game projects. Follow me on Twitter @CrashOkami.
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