Saints Row IV Has Been Denied Classification In Australia – Volition And Deep Silver Respond


Saints Row is known for being full of inexplicable nudity, foul language, and higher astronomic amounts of chaos, and the Aussie’s don’t appreciate it. On January 1st of 2013 the Australian Federal Parliament created a new game rating that would accompany adult targeted games (R18+). This classification has been tagged to several titles since it’s inception. Games like Dead Island: Riptide, Metro: Last Light, God of War: Ascension, and others have been stamped R18+ by the Aussie’s, but an upcoming title has been denied classification. Saints Row IV has been prohibited classification by the Australian Federal Parliament, meaning at this time, it doesn’t have permission to release in said territory.

Deep Silver has responded to this issue with the following statement:

Deep Silver can confirm that Saints Row IV was denied an age classification in Australia. Volition, the developer, are reworking some of the code to create a version of the game for this territory by removing the content which could cause offence without reducing the outlandish gameplay that Saints Row fans know and love. Saints Row IV has been awarded PEGI 18 and ESRB M ratings where fans can enjoy their time in Steelport as originally intended.

This type of censorship shouldn’t take away from the core experience. It’s possible there will be less sex toys used as weapons, and maybe there won’t be a reward for consuming narcotics, but the overall insanity the series is known for should remain intact. We’ll update if we receive further information of how Volition is adjusting the content of Saints Row IV to meet the R18+ classification.

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