Saint’s Row 4 has been refused classification in Australia: it is hereby the first game to be refused classification since Australia’s R18+ classification came into effect in January. Prior to then, Australia was one of the few countries that did not have an adult category.
It seems Saint’s Row 4 is too offensive to fit into the adult category. A statement released by the Australian 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 response, the game’s publisher Deep Silver, issued a statement to Joystiq in which it confirmed that Volition, the developer, ‘are reworking’ the game so that the requirements are met for a release in Australia. It specified that it would remove offensive content ‘without reducing the outlandish gameplay that Saints Row fans know and love.’
Saint’s Row 4 is scheduled for a release in North America on August 20, and Europe on August 23 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.