Deep Silver has had a battle on their hands with Volitions open world game Saints Row IV. First it was refused classification by the Australian Classification Board back in June, then only a few weeks ago it was again, refused classification by the Classification Review board. Finally however a more censored version of Saints Row IV has been classified as MA15+.
Saints Row IV was refused classificaton due to the use of a weapon which the Australian Classification Board described as an “alien anal proble” as well as “alien narcotics”. According to Deep Silver the new censored version of Saints Row IV will still include the “rectifier weapon” or “alien anal probe” as a part of a DLC package, but the mission that involved the “alien narcotics” has been ommited from the Australian version.
In a statement Deep Silver said:
“Deep Silver and AIE are pleased to report that the Australian Classification Board has now approved Saints Row 4 for sale, they have granted the game an MA15+ rating. 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 4 experience.”