If watching endless re-runs of Nothing to Declare on TV has taught me anything it’s that Australia like to keep their country clean. Not only do they restrict certain food products coming into their country, video games are also given a thorough once-over before receiving classification for Australian gamers to play them – no classification – no video game. We’ve seen this exact thing happen with Saints Row IV until last week it was finally classified with an MA15+ rating.
Though some Aussie gamers will be thrilled to hear that Saints Row IV will finally be launching in their country, others won’t be so chuffed to read that the online co-operative mode will only be incompatible with other regions due to the content that has been removed in order to meet the classification requirements.
The Facebook post reads:
While we are very proud of all our different missions, we do feel that Saints Row 4 on the whole remains largely the same without this single optional mission, and we also feel that you deserve to know what you are getting in Australia. Due to the changes we were forced to make, this version is different than the version rated by rating boards like the ESRB, USK, and PEGI, which is why it will be incompatible with those versions in co-op.”
It’s not exactly the most exciting news, but Volition have gotta’ do what they gotta’ do to get the game into as many gamers hands as possible.
Saints Row IV is scheduled for release on the 23rd of August for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.